The Fermilab Fire Department conducted a bell ringing ceremony on Sept. 11 by the United States, Illinois and Department of Energy flags in front of Wilson Hall in remembrance of the 2001 tragedy. At 8:58 a.m., a member of the Fire Department rang the bell in a three-three-five sequence. This was followed by a moment of silence.
The three-three-five bell toll is a tradition from the Chicago Fire Department’s history of code signals. It indicates that a firefighter, EMT or police officer died in the line of duty — has ‘returned home’ for the final time.
Director Nigel Lockyer, DOE Fermi Site Office Manager Mike Weis, the Security Department and the Fire Department were in attendance.