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Friday Ceremony Marks 9-11; Weekend Events Honor EMS


Escalon Fire Department will host its annual 9-11 remembrance program this year on Friday, Sept. 9.

The short ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:11 a.m. at the firehouse on Coley Avenue and the community is invited to attend. The Community Moment of Silence and Prayer, remembering those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, also includes a few remarks from a guest speaker.

In Escalon, that Friday ceremony is the start of a weekend honoring local Emergency Medical Services personnel, with a pair of special events on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The first is the naming of the Escalon Community Ambulance building on Ullrey Avenue as the Pitassi/Van Houten Station House in recognition of the contributions to health care in the community by ECA Chief Mike Pitassi and Senior Paramedic Tina Van Houten. The station naming ceremony and an open house will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and include a pancake breakfast served up at the station by the Escalon Rotary Club, starting at 8 a.m. The breakfast is free to all Escalon Community Ambulance members and there will also be drawings for prizes for ECA members as well. To join, contact ECA personnel at 838-1351.

Later, on Sunday afternoon, a luncheon offered by Saron Lutheran Church at the city’s Main Street Park is designed to offer thanks to all local EMS workers, including firefighters, police and ambulance squad members. The free lunch, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is open to the community.