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Frick Hospital flag returns in time for 9/11 tribute

Jeff Himler
| Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

The United States flag flew once more Monday morning outside Excela's Frick Hospital, after being missing for some time while an expanded and updated main entrance was under construction. The remodeled entrance opened to visitors Monday.

An honor guard of veterans from local American Legion and VFW posts raised and saluted the flag, which was then lowered to half staff in honor of the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 16 years earlier.

On that date, staff at Frick and sister hospitals in Latrobe and Greensburg were on alert, believing they might receive patients from the site near Shanksville, Somerset County, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after its passengers defied hijacking terrorists.

“It was a sad day indeed to learn that there would be no survivors,” said David Byers, Excela's manager of safety and occupational health.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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