On the anniversary of the day when first responders will always be remembered for their sacrifices, local heroes were honored for their courage exemplified on a daily basis.
The Orpheum Theater hosted a special event to honor local EMT, firefighters and law enforcement personnel on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 Tuesday.
"It reminds you exactly why you're here," Marshall County Sheriff Ted Kamatchus said of the honor.
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Local EMT, firefighters and law enforcement personnel were honored during a special 9/11 anniversary event and movie at the Orpheum Theater Tuesday night. They are pictured standing to the singing of the National Anthem.
The event included a screening of the documentary film "Rebirth" about people who were affected by the 9/11 tragedy. Before the film, local first responders entered the theater as the crowd stood.
"I think every day they put their lives in danger," said Deb Ruddick, of Marshalltown, who was at the event to support the local first responders. "It's incredible that people would want to do this for their profession."
The honorees also got special recognition from the Marshalltown Central Business District for their tireless work on the massive fire at 135 E. Main St. earlier this year.
"These men and women worked this intense fire for many hours to bring it under control," said Mark Rohde, president of the MCBD. "They basically saved the rest of the block."
Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, took a trip to help victims and their families of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City two months after the tragedy. Smith said the trip had a profound impact on him and he appreciates the work done by the people being honored Tuesday.
"Let us never forget the sacrifices of police officers, firefighters, first responders and, of course, the victims themselves," Smith said.
Orpheum Director Pip Gordon said it was fitting to honor these emergency personnel on the 9/11 anniversary.
"We thank you for your presence here tonight," Gordon said.
The event also featured a bag piper who led the honorees into the theater and a red carpet entrance for guests. Emergency services vehicles were also parked outside the Orpheum as guests arrived. Shannon Mitchell, a staff member at the Orpheum, sang the National Anthem.