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Team Dover remembers: 20th anniversary of 9/11

Senior Airman Kyle Spence, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department operator, performed  “Striking the Four Fives” during the 20th Anniversary 9/11  Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Spence rang the bell five times, for four sets, to honor the 343 firefighters who died while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Kyle Spence, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department operator, performed “Striking the Four Fives” during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Spence rang the bell five times, for four sets, to honor the 343 firefighters who died while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Tech. Sgt. Drew Thatcher, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire prevention noncommissioned officer in charge, climbs on a stair machine on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 9, 2021. Wearing fire protection gear, Thatcher climbed 110 stories, the same amount as the World Trade Center towers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Tech. Sgt. Drew Thatcher, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire prevention noncommissioned officer in charge, climbs on a stair machine on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 9, 2021. Wearing fire protection gear, Thatcher climbed 110 stories, the same amount as the World Trade Center towers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Members of the 436th Airlift Wing staff participate in the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Members of the 436th Airlift Wing staff participate in the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Members of the Joint Personal Effects Depot participate in the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Members of the Joint Personal Effects Depot participate in the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Team Dover members participate in the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Team Dover members participate in the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)

Master Sgt. Ashley Daniel, 436th Security Forces Squadron installation security manager, holds the U.S. flag during the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Daniel, as well as other Team Dover members, rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Master Sgt. Ashley Daniel, 436th Security Forces Squadron installation security manager, holds the U.S. flag during the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 10, 2021. Daniel, as well as other Team Dover members, rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Team Dover members pause at 9:03 a.m. to signify the second World Trade Center Tower being struck during the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)

Team Dover members pause at 9:03 a.m. to signify the second World Trade Center Tower being struck during the 9/11 Remembrance Ruck March on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Units from Team Dover rucked in 30-minute increments for more than 25 hours, remembering and honoring those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)

A procession of first response vehicles make their way to the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A procession of first response vehicles make their way to the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A C-5M Super Galaxy flies over the Air Mobility Command Museum during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base commemorated  the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A C-5M Super Galaxy flies over the Air Mobility Command Museum during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base commemorated the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Members of the Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover AFB, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)
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Members of the Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard present the colors during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover AFB, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)

An American flag waves during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)
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An American flag waves during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)

Col. Matt Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, makes opening remarks during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base commemorated the  20th Anniversary of 9/11 to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Col. Matt Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, makes opening remarks during the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base commemorated the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

From left, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Delaware congresswoman, Kate Rohrer, representative for Delaware Senator Chris Coons, Robin Christiansen, City of Dover mayor, and Retired Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Tyree Bacon, guest speaker, attend the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)
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From left, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Delaware congresswoman, Kate Rohrer, representative for Delaware Senator Chris Coons, Robin Christiansen, City of Dover mayor, and Retired Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Tyree Bacon, guest speaker, attend the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)

Retired Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Tyree Bacon addresses attendees during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Bacon was one of 20 New York State court officers who responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Retired Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Tyree Bacon addresses attendees during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Bacon was one of 20 New York State court officers who responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Members of the Dover Fire Department look on during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover AFB, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)
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Members of the Dover Fire Department look on during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover AFB, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephani Barge)

Senior Airman Lindsay Wells, 436th Security Forces Squadron response force member, reads the Security Forces Prayer during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Wells read the prayer to honor the 71 law enforcement officers who died while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001.(U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Senior Airman Lindsay Wells, 436th Security Forces Squadron response force member, reads the Security Forces Prayer during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Wells read the prayer to honor the 71 law enforcement officers who died while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001.(U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Kathleen Lacasse, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron ambulance response unit member, reads the Emergency Medical Technician Prayer during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Lacasse read the prayer to honor the eight paramedics who died while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Senior Airman Kathleen Lacasse, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron ambulance response unit member, reads the Emergency Medical Technician Prayer during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Lacasse read the prayer to honor the eight paramedics who died while responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Kyle Spence, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department operator, renders a salute during the 20th Anniversary 9/11  Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Spence placed the wreath at the memorial in remembrance for all those who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Senior Airman Kyle Spence, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department operator, renders a salute during the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum’s 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. Spence placed the wreath at the memorial in remembrance for all those who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Timothy Kline, Dover Fire Pipes and Drums Corps, plays Amazing Grace at the conclusion of the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum's 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Timothy Kline, Dover Fire Pipes and Drums Corps, plays Amazing Grace at the conclusion of the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the Air Mobility Command Museum's 9/11 Memorial on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Sept. 11, 2021. The base hosted the ceremony to remember and honor those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Team Dover commemorated the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with a ruck march and a remembrance ceremony.

Beginning at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 10, members of Team Dover rucked or ran at the base track for just over a 24-hour period, before a procession of first response vehicles made their way to the Air Mobility Command Museum for the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.

During the ruck march, members paused at key points in time to honor when each of the four hijacked aircraft made impact on 9/11.

Retired Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Tyree Bacon, who was one of 20 New York State court officers who responded to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, was the guest speaker for the remembrance ceremony and recounted how saving one person, ended up saving himself.

“She was on the 78th floor of Tower 2 when the second plane hit,” Bacon said of Doris Torres. “This is when she sustained serious injuries; burns over 53 percent of her body. Miraculously, she made it to the mall area. At this point she could go no further and this is when our life-changing chance encounter began. I came upon her with three New York State court officers. A quick triage was done and it was determined that Ms. Torres’ injuries were critical and she needed to be evacuated immediately. I put her on a stair chair and I removed her without delay. Within seconds Tower 2 collapsed.”

Being blown over 100 feet away into total darkness and unable to breath, Bacon was able to maintain physical contact with Torres just feet outside the collapse zone.

“Doris gave me the strength and motivation to press on to get her to a triage area. If not for her, I would have curled up in a fetal position and waited to die,” he said.

The three other court officers that went into Tower 2 with Bacon did not survive.

“I would like to take the time to remind everybody that 9/11 is not just an event that happened 20 years ago, that this seems to live on for some of us,” Bacon said. “Some of us bear the wounds and scars from that day.”

Bacon added praise to the military as they continue the battle against worldwide terrorism.

“You have stood watch since that day, deployed countless months away from family and friends,” he said. “All of this so we can sleep peacefully under the blanket of freedom that some may never fully appreciate. This is some of the best our nation has to offer and this is what makes the United States of America the greatest nation in the world.”

During the ceremony, the security forces and emergency medical technician prayers were recited, as well as a “Striking the Four Fives” performance, all three in remembrance of those first responders who died on 9/11.

“The fire service is rich with ceremony, customs and tradition,” said Staff Sgt. Sulaiman Burns, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department crew chief and ceremony narrator. “This custom of rendering final honors has its origin in the fire department of the city of New York.”

A C-5M Super Galaxy, piloted by aircrew from the 9th Airlift Squadron, also performed a flyover of the ceremony, which was attended by base, City of Dover Fire Department and distinguished Delaware personnel.