Honoring Our First Responders

Honoring Our First Responders

Pictured alongside Joe Daniels are (L-R) Sal Cassano, a firefighter from Center of Groton FD, and Edward Kilduff. (photo by Abigail Mullins, 9/11 Memorial)

9/11 Memorial President and CEO Joe Daniels directs planning, construction, development and operations for the 9/11 Memorial. Through his work, he is honored to meet many of the families, friends, and colleagues of the nearly 3,000 victims. Daniels will share his personal experiences at the memorial, and much more, in the Thank You for Visiting series on the MEMO blog.

Yesterday, I joined New York City Fire Department Commissioner Sal Cassano and Chief of Department Edward Kilduff on the memorial to welcome the FDNY Foundation as part of its annual Symposium, which takes place at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island.

Commissioner Cassano laid a wreath in front of the south pool, where the names of the 343 active and three retired members of the FDNY who lost their lives on 9/11 are inscribed, alongside the names of the rest of the 9/11 first responder victims. The emergency response on September 11, 2001 was the largest in our city’s history, and all told, more than 440 first responders paid the ultimate price that day. Yesterday, nearly 250 first responders from around the country gathered together to honor them.

The 9/11 Memorial gratefully welcomes all first responders who selflessly risk their lives each day for the safety of our nation and its people. Thank you for visiting.

By Joe Daniels

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