The firefighters bell sounded as a symbol of their comrades devotion to duty in the face of terror.
"Your mind starts going, what if that happened here, we would be going in. It wasn't a realization of that they're in there, we knew they were in there," says Lt. Ted Kuppinger, with the Rochester Fire Department.
Our sense of security was changed by 9/11. So were the resources and tactics used to ensure our safety.
"Funding initiatives with respect to infrastructure protection over the years that I can just think of, water supplies and equipment and equipping our first responders even better to deal with the threats that are out there," states Rochester Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Wood.
As communities like Rochester guard against the threat of terror, the flag is a unifying reminder of our enduring freedom.
"We are the most open, the most free and the country with the greatest opportunity in the world. that's what 9/11 was trying to stop and failed," explains Rochester Mayor Tom Richards. He went on say 9/11 helped us learn what it means to be a first responder. We celebrate their bravery, not just on this anniversary, but everyday.