ROCKFORD (WREX) — Rockford city officials and first responders took time to honor victims of 9/11.
The tribute took place at the 9/11 memorial outside the Winnebago County Justice Center.
Multiple officials spoke during the tribute including Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney, Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana and Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten.
The ceremony was also used as a celebration of those who serve our community.
The board in charge of the memorial presented a scholarship to a Rock Valley College student studying in the college’s fire, police or EMS program.
This year’s scholarship winner is Joseph Krein, whose father is a member of the Rockford Fire Department.
Krein is excited to be working down the same path as his dad.
“I’ve always looked up to these guys and always wanted to be like them and the job they do because they do such a great job I’ve so much respect for the Rockford Fire Department and police and EMS,” Krein said.
“I’ve always wanted to be one of them one day so it was really cool to be honored in front of them.”
This is the second year the memorial board has given a scholarship to a student pursuing a career as a first responder.