City officials gathered for a brief and solemn ceremony Tuesday morning to pause and remember those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Mayor Robert Garcia thanked firefighters, police and other first responders for “always running into danger and protecting us.”

Police Chief Robert Luna and Fire Chief Mike DuRee were also on hand, along with about two dozen other public safety officers. Also in attendance was Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The service was held at 9 a.m. in front of Fire Station No. 1, near City Hall and police headquarters in Downtown Long Beach.

Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when close to 3,000 people were killed—many of them fire and police who had responded to help victims trapped inside the World Trade Center.

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