Responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ambulance crews from Honeoye-Richmond, Naples, Shortsville, Victor-Farmington, Stanley-Hall-Gorham and Finger Lakes Ambulance headed to New York City to do what they could to help.
Jason Wagner was among four from Shortsville who signed on not knowing what to expect but knowing their job was to help no matter what they were called to do.
And today, 17 years later, Wagner, who is now fire chief, still can’t forget the experience — the sights, the smells and the sadness. And he and others don’t what anyone to forget what happened that day.
That is why the 9/11 memorial sits out front of the Shortsville Fire Department in the village, serving as a call of remembrance for the thousands of people who died in the tragedies in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and for those who became ill afterward by trying to help.
Construction on the Shortsville memorial was done over the summer and wrapped up shortly before its dedication the night of Sept. 11.
The centerpiece of the memorial includes a hunk of rusted, twisted metal from one of the former Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the attacks.
The fire department was placed on a waiting list to even get this piece, and once it was obtained it sat in the firehouse for a while, with Wagner waiting for inspiration — and the right moment — to do something with it.