TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

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.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 8:29 p.m.
 

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.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. The heat and the hazard: Truths  of summer health
  2. Starting 9: Examining Pirates’ deadline decisions
  3. Pirates notebook: Burnett says ‘surgery is not an option’
  4. 4 ejections, benches-clearing scrum mark Pirates’ win over Reds
  5. One Direction brings the thrills to Heinz Field audience
  6. Steelers notebook: Officials discuss new game ball procedures
  7. Biertempfel: Players, MLB agree logic of season’s setup needs to be examined
  8. Reds solve Cole, stave off Pirates’ 9th-inning rally
  9. Developers share their vision for Garden Theater block on North Side
  10. Pittsburgh airport improvements noted as CEO tries to expand activity
  11. Gameday: Pirates at Reds, Aug. 2, 2015