Communities around the Bay Area paused to mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks today.
St. Pete firefighters held a moment of silence to honor the people who lost their lives. All firefighters around the city stood at attention in front of their stations at 9:57 this morning. They turned on their emergency lights and held "Never forget 9/11" signs.
A solemn ceremony took place in Sarasota this morning as well. Police, deputies, and firefighters gathered in front of the police station. Officers placed a wreath at the front of the station to remember those who died.
In Tampa, the mayor was among those who gathered at the Tampa Firefighters Museum downtown. But it was a World Trade Center survivor who offered the most striking perspective.
Lorenzo Maldonado said he was in the north tower of the World Trade Center and escaped from the scene via a subway tunnel after the buildings collapsed.
"It's nice to see that the memories of those that were murdered that day are still kept alive," he said. "To a lot of people here, it seems like it was yesterday."
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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