Firefighter stands in gear 1 minute for every firefighter that died on 9/11

Credit: Austin Drake Photography

COLONA, Illinois — One firefighter wanted to remember the attacks on 9/11 in a unique way. Colona firefighter Joe Parillo stood outside in full gear one minute for every firefighter that died during the attacks in New York, which is 5 hours and 43 minutes.

WQAD reports he started at 8:59 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, the moment when the first plane hit the towers.

A Moline photographer, Austin Drake, took photos and posted them to his Facebook page with the following:

Fireman Joe says he will be standing outside for an exact total of 343 minutes to commemorate the 343 brothers and sisters lost in the terrible event.

Joe has been a firefighter for 6 years now.

Please share this post to keep everyone aware how many lives were totally affected by the things that took place 15 years ago. Also, take the time to thank your local police officers, firefighters, EMTs and anyone else out there fighting the big fight some of us cant.

WE LOVE YOU. Never forget. 9/11.