Merkel firefighter takes stand to honor firefighters killed on 9/11


MERKEL, Texas - A Merkel firefighter took a stand Monday to honor members of the New York City fire department killed in the attack on the World Trade Center.

Merkel Fire Department Captain Kris Hester stood in silence on North 1 st Street in Merkel for nearly six hours.

He started at 1 p.m. and finished at 6:43 p.m. That is 343 minutes, one for each of the 343 FDNY firefighters killed on 9/11.

Since he couldn't speak, Hester posted a sign explaining what he was doing. He also invited people to join him for as long as they like.

Seth Thompson of the Lake Coleman Volunteer Fire Department did just that. He was standing alongside Hester when KTXS was out there this afternoon.

Sunday, Hester helped post the colors before the singing of the National Anthem at the Rangers game. He was shown on the scoreboard at Globe Life Park.

Hester is part of a color guard with the Line of Duty Death Task Force. The group handles funerals for firefighters killed in the line of duty.