Hundreds of people packed into the Headquarters of the London Fire Department this afternoon to pay their respects to the fallen fire fighters who perished in the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City and the 21 London firefighters killed in the line of duty over the years.

The Fire Fighter Pipe Band lead a tearful ceremony for the families of some of the fire fighters honoured at today’s ceremonies.

Fire Chief John Kobarda, Mayor Joe Fontana and Premier Dalton McGuinty all spoke to the crowd about the sacrifices first-responders make every day.

The Premier praised the London fire fighters for their selflessness.

Mayor Joe Fontana spoke as well, saying London’s fire fighters have his utmost respect, and he shared a message from the citizens of London.

After the ceremony they unveiled a new memorial monument with the names of each of the fire fighters names engraved on it’s four sides.

The monument will not be a permanent fixture out front of the department headquarters.

Families of the honoured laid flowers at the monument during the tearful ceremony.

via 98.1 Free FM