Local heroes honored at 9/11 remembrance

Sep 12, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Army veteran Otto Wolff, 85, enjoys a burger at HydraMaster's 9/11 Remembrance on Sept. 11.

HydraMaster in Mukilteo hosted its annual 9/11 Remembrance barbecue in the company's parking lot on Wednesday.

Local firefighters, police officers and veterans of war were invited for an "All-American" lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, salad and cake.

The memorial event is held to celebrate, honor, remember and unite our local heroes.

The Kamiak High School Choir sang at the event, including the national anthem, “God Bless America” – and an impromptu “Happy Birthday” to Det. Nichole Stone.

Of note, Mayor Joe Marine, Fire Marshal Jim Thomas, Police Chief Rex Caldwell and Police Chaplain Pat Ward were in attendance.

"It is a great event that we are proud to continue the tradition," said Phillip Sis, general manager of HydraMaster. "We appreciate all of the people who protect and serve us."

Also at HydraMaster's 9/11 Remembrance was Army veteran Otto Wolff. Wolff, 85, was a private in the U.S. Army for a year and a half before his wife had twins and he was allowed to go home.

"I was sent a telegram 'Twin girls!'" Wolff said. "I got a razzing from the guys for that."

Drafted at the age of 23, Wolff was a "foot soldier" stationed in Japan. He flew home in a casualty plane, stopping at Okinawa and four Japanese islands before returning to Washington. He now resides in Everett.

"I didn't see no action when I was there," he said. "The Army didn't hurt me any."

His daughter, Fran Wolff, has worked for HydraMaster for 33 years and invited him to the barbecue. He also takes care of the company's recycling.

-Sara Bruestle



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