September 11 Remembrance Taking Place at Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial

16th Anniversary Event to Feature Remarks from Retired DeKalb Fire Chief Lanny Russell

On the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Exchange Club of Naperville is once again sponsoring Naperville’s annual September 11 remembrance.

This year’s event will take place starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 11 at the Cmdr. Dan Shanower Memorial, located behind the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., along the Riverwalk. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Municipal Center Council Chambers. The Naperville Municipal Band will play at 5:45 p.m. prior to the start of the event.

From noon to 12:30 p.m. that day, a special 30-minute concert on the bells of the Millennium Carillon in remembrance of September 11 will occur. This will include a solemn tolling of the “Big Joe” bell followed by “In Memoriam,” a carillon piece written following the events of September 11 meant to be played in bell towers throughout the world. Patriotic selections and others that focus on the themes of hope and peace will make up the remainder of the concert. Carillon music can also be heard beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s featured speaker is Lanson W. “Lanny” Russell, who retired as Chief of the DeKalb Fire Department in July 2008 following a storied 44-year fire service career. Russell was a chief for 31 years of his career, serving four departments: Peotone, Villa Park, Downers Grove and DeKalb. While in Peotone, Russell was part of the team that established the first all-volunteer paramedic program in Illinois, and he was fire chief in DeKalb when the deadly shooting that took the lives of five students and injured another 18 occurred at Northern Illinois University.

Russell is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. He is a past president of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and the DuPage Fire Chiefs Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Educational and Research Foundation for almost 40 years. Chief Russell was among the first eight members to be recognized as Fire Chief Emeritus by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association in October 2008.

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