LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives held their annual 9/11  ceremony commemorating those Michigan first responders lost in the line of duty during the past year, those lost in the 2001 attacks and recognized first responders serving in Michigan communities today. State Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), former fire chief of the Lansing Fire Department, hosted Fire Chief David Purchase of the Lansing Fire Department at the ceremony and released the following statement:

“As a former fire chief and firefighter, I know what our first responders are up against every day. Whether you’re a firefighter, a police officer or an EMT, it’s a tough job and it’s a job that you love because it allows you to serve your community and help friends, neighbors and families. I am proud today to honor Lansing Fire Chief David Purchase and all Michigan first responders and their families and to thank them for their service. I will also keep fighting to ensure proper state support for public safety. First responders more than earn the right to a decent paycheck and good benefits while they are working and after they retire. Today is also the day we remember those we have lost in the line of duty and those first responders and civilians we lost on Sept. 11. We honor their service and thank their families.”