Haverhill Fire Department, Officials, Public Pay Tribute to Those Lost in 9/11 Attacks

Haverhill Firefighter Timothy Nutter reads aloud the “Firefighter’s Prayer.” (WHAV News photograph.)

(Additional photographs below.)


Haverhill officials, families and friends gathered yesterday morning as the Haverhill Fire Department paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died 22 years ago during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Before a formation led by Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien and firefighters of all ranks and observed by elected officials, city staff and the public, Haverhill Fire Capt. Richard Shellene rang the last call bell as Firefighter Joseph St. Hilaire shouted formation marching commands. Haverhill Firefighter Timothy Nutter read aloud the “Firefighter’s Prayer.”

When I am called to duty,
Whenever flames may rage,
Give me strength to save a life
Whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
Put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor,
protect his property.

And if according to God’s will
I must answer death’s last call
Bless with Your protecting hand
My family one and all.

Fire Department Chaplain John Delaney, of Sacred Hearts Parish, highlighted the efforts of first responders—firefighters, police officers, EMTs, all rescue personnel—that came on the fateful day to serve and help all those in need. He added, there was also another line of support.

“We must never forget them—mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, colleagues and friends,” he said.

Delaney noted many have died in recent years from exposure to hazardous materials and many still suffer from the effect of hazardous exposure.

Following the solemn ceremony, Mayor James J. Fiorentini made note of two local victims—Jane Orth, a passenger on American Airlines flight 11, and Kenneth Marino, the husband of Haverhill native Katrina Marino. The mayor noted Orth lived on Ford Street at the time of her death, while Marino was a New York City firefighter.

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