Sikeston 9/11 Memorial Walk and Truck Rally remembers fallen first responders

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – As more than 10 local emergency service departments made their way down Main Street in Sikeston this morning, they paid tribute to those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. 

For some like Sgt. Jerence Dial of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, that day 21 years ago inspired a career. 

“Just seeing that basically those guys were willing to make a sacrifice for people they had never met just really touched me, and I was like, ‘You know, I want to be a guy that has an impact on my community,’ and here I am,” he said.

But for all, it is a day to recognize the selflessness of those who protect our communities. 

“It’s not a characteristic that people learn. I think you have to be born with it,” Dial said. “Throughout all the different disciplines in emergency services, I think that’s installed in every one of us in some sort of way.” 

This year, for the third time, Jeremy Perrien, Fire Chief of the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District, rang this bell, which symbolizes the bell that rings to begin a shift, notifies departments of a call for help, and indicates that a call is complete. 

Perrien, who also assists with firefighter funeral services, said the bell holds a special place in his heart. 

“When it comes to ringing the bell, that traditionally is the last alarm to send the firemen home,” he said. “Words can’t describe the emotions that come with that. I’m pretty passionate about it.” 

So as the bell rings, let us never forget the bravery and selflessness of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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