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Cranberry firefighter's bugle recalls losses of 9/11

Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>At the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company, John Pristas, firefighter, is reflected in the 9/11 monument as he plays taps, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago in the terrorist attacks.

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Cranberry firefighter John Pristas plays taps each year on Sept. 11 to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

On Wednesday, he played taps several times, marking the exact moments that airplanes hit each of the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, the moment that each tower collapsed, and the moment that United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into field near Shanksville.

Pristas has been a firefighter for 32 years, including the past decade with Cranberry. He sits on the department's board of directors.

In 2012, Cranberry dedicated a memorial outside its Park Fire Station on Route 19 to those who died on Sept. 11, including 343 New York City firefighters, 27 Port Authority police officers and 23 New York City police officers.

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