Honoring Local Heroes (49er's Article) - September 12, 2007
Six years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the 49ers showed that not only have they not forgotten those who lost their lives that day, but that they remember those who still protect and serve our communities, risking their lives to keep us safe.
On Tuesday, members of the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleading squad surprised San Francisco Fire Department Station #5 in the Western Addition with a hearty breakfast, a signed and framed Alex Smith jersey for their firehouse and a 49ers tailgating BBQ, all to say thanks and show their appreciation and respect for the job they do.
"September 11, 2001, is a day that will forever be seared in our memories, said Lieutenant Mindy Talmadge of the SFFD. For those in the fire service, it is a day that many or our brothers and sisters made the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget that. We appreciate the 49ers organization for taking the time to acknowledge the commitment that the men and women of the San Francisco Fire Department have made. We take our oath of service to heart. If this means making the ultimate sacrifice, that is what we'll do."
The gesture by the 49ers was the least they could do to for one of the City's busiest fire stations, and one that is filled with some of the biggest 49ers fans.
The Gold Rush were treated to a tour of the firehouse and a ride around the block on the station's fire engine.