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Chico firefighters, community remember 9/11/01

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 11 2013 07:47:51 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Folks from all over the Northstate are remembering the lives lost 12 years ago  in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.

The Chico Fire Department held two ceremonies and a Chico couple who lost their daughter that day was there.

Chico Fire also revealed new plans they have for a brand new September 11 memorial.

The memorial will sit on the corner of Manzanita and East Avenues- just outside the station.  It will have two granite pillars representing the Twin Towers.

“They will be eight feet tall and between them a piece of steel that came from the actual World Trade Center,” said Main.

Chico Fire says they expect to lay down the concrete next week for this memorial.  They say this project should be done within 2-3 months.

For Catherine and David Miller, the terrorist attacks of September 11th are a tragedy they re-live every day.

“You just have to work through.  You know the saying making lemonade from lemons and we just tried to move forward and make good,” said Catherine Miller.

The Millers lost their 21-year-old daughter Nicole on September 11th.  She was on United Flight 93 as it crashed in a field just outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

“She was supposed to be home the night before and then we couldn't even find out if she was on that flight,” said Catherine Miller.

Every year- both David and Catherine visit the bench that is dedicated to Nicole in Bidwell Park.  They bring flowers and balloons- leaving a picture of Nicole and a message saying "we love you always."

“We miss that lovely smile and those hugs and kisses.  She was just very vibrant and loving,” said Catherine Miller.

At an earlier event, Chico firefighters honored their 343 colleagues lost on 9/11.

“So we come out here at 7 o'clock specifically at 7:05 a.m. to commemorate when the first tower collapsed and we lost those civilians, firefighters, and police officers trapped in that building,” said Division Chief Bill Hack.