A remembrance in art of 911 and our local heroes.
There was a small gathering this September 11th in Soldotna with those who chose to remember the brave and the fallen in a special way. Brian Erwin of Frames & Things in the Blazy Mall in Soldotna had been working on the project for about a year. He took a piece created by Ron DiCianni, following the 911 attack and framed it along with the department patches from the three local emergency response stations.
The piece will later be auctioned or raffled off and the proceeds donated to the three departments, "We thought it would be appropriate to give something back to them, so we also framed a smaller Firefighter's Prayer as well as their framed patch to hang on their wall as a reminder that we appreciate them putting themselves at risk to save lives on a daily basis," said Erwin. Prior to the sale of the DiCianni 911 piece, it will be on public display at Fire Station #1 and #2 through October and November, the Kenai Fire Department December - January, and February - March at the CES in Soldotna. The public is welcome to stop by any of the stations to view the piece.
Kenai Mayor John Williams was on hand for the presentation and commented, "Looking at this painting causes one to start thinking about the tremendous effort put forth across the Nation by every one of our emergency response personnel on 911, including those in Kenai. The entire country was in essence shut down and put on alert. It was a tremendous effort and a great job done by all our emergency teams."
During the brief presentation ceremony, many of the Chiefs who planned to attend were responding to calls and were unable to be present. Assistant Nikiski Fire Chief Warren Isham briefly summed up the occasion saying "Remembering 911 will always be a solemn occasion and I'm honored to be with those in the public who also remember how solemn an occasion this can be. It's also nice to know that our line of work is appreciated and you can be sure these framed pieces will be hung in prominent places at both our stations."
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