As we rapidly approach the 10th anniversary, the tragedy of September 11, 2001 is on the minds of all New Yorkers and the nation. Yet no one is more keenly aware of the decade that has elapsed as the brave men and women still suffering the consequences of their noble actions following the attacks: First Responders.
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Americans looked to police officers, firefighters, EMTs, contractors and volunteers to recover survivors and remove dangerous debris so that the city and its residents could move forward. In the process, they became heroes and powerful symbols of this country’s resilience. Politicians used them as examples of American values; the media transformed them into icons.
But, along the way, our government seems to have forgotten them.