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Marysville firefighter sings national anthem at Seahawks game

 

Courtesy of the Marysville Fire District

Marysville Fire Battalion Chief Keith Taylor, right, and his wife Molly Taylor, at the Sept. 11 Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field.

Local Keith Taylor, a battalion chief for the Marysville Fire District, had the honor of singing the national anthem for the Seattle Seahawks' opening game on Sept. 11.

He was joined by many other Marysville firefighters who participated in the flag ceremony in the opening ceremonies of the Seahawks' first regular season game of the year.

"It's a huge deal to represent the City of Marysville and the Fire District in this way," he said.

"For the home opener on 9/11? That's huge. I don't know if it gets any better than that," he said.

Taylor has been singing the national anthem in front of crowds for about nine years now and got his start on Sept. 11, 2006.

The Seattle Mariners were looking for a local firefighter to honor the anniversary of 9/11 and Taylor was selected for the performance.

Taylor is also an Air Force veteran who served during the Persian Gulf War.

"I was prompted by a captain at the District to apply for it," he said. After sending in his demo tape he was selected and "they've been asking me back ever since."

In addition to opening a couple of Seattle Mariners games every year Taylor has opened for other local events like an Everett Silvertips game.

"It's good just being able to represent Marysville and represent the Fire District," he said.

One of the captains at the Marysville Fire District serves as one of the flag runners who come out after touchdowns, said Taylor, and he suggested Taylor apply for the national anthem.

After he sent his demo tape he was called back by a representative of the Seattle Seahawks and was surprised that he had gotten such a premium role.

"I was in shock at first, I just kind of sat there. I thought it would be a preseason game or something, and not the home opener on 9/11," he said.

Taylor said as the game was approaching he continued to get excited for it. "The closer it gets, the more excited I get," he said. "I still have my wife pinch me to make sure its real."

In addition to inviting Taylor to sing, the Seattle Seahawks officials requested Taylor bring some Marysville firefighters to help with the flag ceremony. Taylor got to bring 35 more of his colleagues to the game.

"They're pretty pumped," he said.

Marysville Fire Battalion Chief Scott Goodale is one of the firefighters who helped with the ceremony and said that the local firefighters were excited and proud to be part of it, along with other representatives from the Puget Sound law enforcement and military organizations.

Courtesy of the city of Marysville

"We are honored that they chose the Marysville Fire District to be a part of this," he said. "I feel like we're representing not just Marysville, but all the firefighters in the Puget Sound area ... there are over 1,000 firefighters out there in the region that would love the opportunity, so we're very honored to be able to participate," he said.

Taylor is a Marysville local who grew up in the town and graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

He's also been a fan of the Seahawks during all that time as well.

"I remember watching games with my brother and my dad," he said.

Taylor was able to bring his brother, his dad and his wife to the game as well with the complimentary tickets he received.

 

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