First responders honored at 9/11 volleyball home opener

25 September 2018

Cambrea Hall

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    The world will never forget the thousands of people who lost their lives and the millions of others who were affected by the devastating terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. While we pause to remember the victims, we also take a moment to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of those who served, and are currently serving, to keep us safe within our communities.

    In honor of those first responders who lost their lives, and those who continue to serve, the UCCS athletic department took a moment to recognize Colorado Springs servicemen and women.

    The UCCS volleyball team held their home opener at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 against the No. 1 ranked School of Mines. It was there that Colorado Springs first responders and their departments were recognized.

    Representatives of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the UCCS Police Department stood with the coaches as their service departments were honored during the match’s introductions.

    “When people thank a first responder for their service, it is nice to hear,” said Marc Pino, Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at UCCS.

    “But sometimes it is for that person to feel like they are helping a first responder and vicariously helping the [New York Police Department] and the [New York City Fire Department]. It is also important to remember what happened on that day to remind us that these types of incidents do not define who we are as a country, but it’s how we respond that defines us.”

    This commemoration at the volleyball home opener game was evidence of how our nation bands together in support when tragic situations occur, even if it is 17 years later.