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Hillsboro fire stations open to public on Sept. 11

Stop in any time between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to remember 9/11

On Sept. 11, Hillsboro's five fire stations and both of Washington County Fire District 2's stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to give the community a place to remember the first responders who fell serving others, grieve victims or just say thanks to the firefighters who protect and serve each day. Three of Hillsboro's fire stations have 9/11 memorials in place. At Hillsboro Main, 240 S. First Ave., a 9/11 remembrance plaque is displayed at the station's entrance. Inside the front lobby, a 6-foot high photo of the American flag being raised at ground-zero hangs and pieces of a steel beam from the World Trade Center are displayed. At Ronler Acres Station #3, 4455 N.W. 229th Ave., two "Freedom Trees" were planted at the entrance in 2003. Near the two evergreen magnolias a carved stone monument reads, "These Freedom Trees were planted so that we might always remember the victims and their rescuers lost on September 11, 2001."

At Cherry Lane Station #6, 21880 N.W. Cherry Lane, a plaque rests at the base of the station's flag pole commemorating those who lost their lives in three locations on September 11, 2001. Inside the station, a mural of hand-painted tiles created in 2002 by students at Patterson Elementary School lines a corridor. Each student painted two tiles — one reflecting how the child felt about 9/11 and the other about the child's feelings or hope for the future. The mural was installed by Hillsboro firefighters on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Stop by anytime during the day on Thursday, Sept. 11 and thank a firefighter.

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