Local Town Pays Small, Somber Tribute to 9/11

From the large tributes in places like New York and Washington D.C., a smaller town decided to pay tribute to 9/11 in its own way.

The firefighters in Marathon City put together a small, but respectful parade Wednesday night.

The parade started at 7:30 p.m., and was finished just fifteen minutes later.

The route was simply to drive down main street, and up the hill in Marathon.

Craig Prihoda, a firefighter with the Marathon City Fire Department and event organizer, said the volunteer fire department decided at noon Wednesday that it was necessary to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11.

"Days like this ... it makes you think. Nobody really knows when it's going to be their time," Prihoda said. "When you run out of the doors as a firefighter, you never know what you're going to get into. Most often it's not real serious, but it does mean something, and days like this really make you think and respect those who have served. "

He said this is one of first times they've done something like this for 9/11, and they didn't want to use a lot of sirens and a big parade feel to it.

Respect was the mission, and Prihoda said he thinks the twenty to thirty people watching noticed.

He said hopefully next year they'll have a better turn out and will be able to plan a little more in advance.

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