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Firefighters gather to pay respects to Charleston 9

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Firefighters from around the country came together Tuesday night to pay respects to the Charleston 9.

Dozens were on hand as firefighters placed a wreath at the site where nine firefighters died in June 2007 battling a blaze at the former Sofa Super Store.

Afterward, they all joined together in a moment of silence.

Skip Hannon with the South Carolina Firefighters Association says the tragic fire also brought about some important, positive changes.

"The whole world is looking at South Carolina. They've been looking at South Carolina since the fire, since we had our brothers die," he said. "A lot of legislation, a lot of different types of training and things of that nature have all come from the Charleston 9. Because of the Charleston 9, we've trained different, we work together different."

The people are in Charleston this week for the National Volunteer Firefighter Council's annual conference.

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