SARASOTA- The Sarasota Fire Department hosted a ceremony to honor and remember the individuals that lost their lives on 9/11.

Emergency services director Rich Collins, along with many others, shared their experiences from that day and the emotions they continue to feel 21 years later.

“One of them was Andy Fredericks. Many of you have heard me talk about Andy before, but Andy was one of my heroes. Andy was on squad eighteen right down the street. He was one of the first companies inside the building and working to make a difference,” said Collins.

Norman Schimmel and his wife Patty donated a canvas that shows two photos. The first photo shows the board that was up in his firehouse on September 11th, 2001 and is still up today. The second photo shows the artifacts found in the rubble after the attack.

“Patty and I made the decision when we moved here twelve years ago, that while we were still alive 9/11 would never be forgotten,” said Schimmel.

Dutch Simmons, who was in the first search and rescue group on 9/11, went days before being able to get in contact with his family and friends to tell them that he was alive.

“I didn't have contact with anyone. It wasn't until a few days later when they saw the camera team that followed our team in, that someone called my parents and said your sons down there we see him. And that was the only way anyone knew I was alive still,” said Simmons.

Simmons’ gloves and helmet from that day are now on permanent display at the 9/11 memorial museum in New York City.