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      New memorial honors fallen K-9 officers

      new memorial honors fallen k-9 officers

      COLUMBIA (WACH)??A 6,000 pound addition to the South Carolina First Responders Memorial was lowered into place Tuesday morning at the Columbia Convention Center.

      A dog, carved out of solid granite, now joins the 25-foot towers and crossed steel World Trade Center beams in honoring first responders from the Midlands who have made the ultimate sacrifice since September 11, 2001.

      According the First Responders Memorial Chairman Dan Hennigan, the K-9 officers are every much a first responder as their 2 legged partners, and when they fall, they should be honored.

      The First Responder K-9 Memorial initially bears one name. Richland County Sheriff Deputy Fargo, who was killed apprehending a suspect on December 16, 2011.

      The Midlands First Responders Memorial was built in 2011, and dedicated in a ceremony attended by hundreds of first responders, citizens and dignitaries on September 11, 2011. The towers bear the names of the Midlands first responders, police, fire, EMS, and all branches of the Military, who have been killed in the line of duty since the attacks.

      Each year, a ceremony is held on September 11 to honor those fallen, and to pay tribute to any new names added in the previous year. The 2013 ceremony, marking the twelve year anniversary of the attacks will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

      For more information on the memorial, the story of it??s creation, and the history of the close relationship between South Carolina and the City of New York, you can check out their WEBSITE.