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Local pastor shares experiences at Ground Zero

The Turlock Fire Department will be observing a moment of silence at all their stations in honor of 9/11.

The fire stations in Turlock will be observing a moment of silence starting at 7 a.m. Thursday. At this time the flags will be raised at the stations, said Turlock Fire Chief Tim Lohman.

The public is invited to attend the ceremonies at any of the four stations.

Fire stations are located at: 540 E. Marshall St.; 791 S. Walnut Rd.; 501 E. Monte Vista Ave.; and 2820 N. Walnut Rd.



Roughly 10 years before Tim Guerino became the executive director of the Turlock Gospel Mission he ministered to first responders at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

After driving to New York from his home in Alabama, Guerino was faced with the aftermath and suffering that befell Manhattan when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. Guerino aided police officers, firefighters, and other first responders in his role as chaplain, often finding himself as the source of comfort and hope for those trying to make sense of the tragedy.

Guerino shared some of his experiences from that time in an on-camera interview with the Journal just days before the 13th anniversary of 9/11. In the interview, Guerino shares conversations with rescue personnel and family members of victims, as well as his memories of comradery and the bonds that were forged between the people who risked their lives to help.

“One of the things I’ll never forget is that ordinary people that day were the heroes,” Guerino said. “I was just blessed to be there to tell the story of people—regular people, regular people—these people you’ll never see in Hollywood, these people you’ll never see asking for any rewards or anything like that. These people, to this day, stay silent behind the scenes; remembering their loved ones that they lost, remembering those that served. These people were phenomenal.”

Watch Guerino’s interview on Thursday’s episode of Studio209 at