Concord Township Fire Station One hosted a 9/11 remembrance service. Michiana fire station representatives received a special gift commemorating the event.
Concord Township Fire Chief Rick Rochford (Rosh-ferd) presented Callery pear tree saplings to Elkhart, Goshen, Mishawaka and South Bend fire departments among others.
Rochford says the Callery pear tree was the only tree found standing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001. The tree was rescued and taken to a high school where its seedlings were saved and then distributed as saplings.
Rochford says he got a call about the saplings from a relative who is a New York City police officer and involved with the organization responsible for the sapling distribution. Rochford says he immediately said yes.
“We wanted to do something that would help to ease that pain, if you will, in light of everything that came down,” he said, “There’s a glimmer of hope with the tree that was rescued.”
Rochford says Station One will plant their sapling in front and add a memorial.