Reflecting on the 18th Anniversary of the 9/11 AttacksSeptember 11, 2019 - 2 minutes read
SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
POLICE DEPARTMENT, CITY OF NEW YORK
35 WORTH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10013
(212) 226-2180 | FAX (212) 431-4280
Dear Fellow Sergeant,
Today is the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Another attack was thwarted when brave passengers aboard Flight 93 overtook the hijackers, resulting in the plane crashing in rural Pennsylvania. The reverberations of that dreadful day are still being felt around the world. Our military forces continue to be engaged overseas, our domestic law enforcement and intelligence communities are still on high alert, and scores of responders on the day of the attack, and in its aftermath, continue to die or battle life-threatening illnesses as a result of their exposure to toxins at these sites.
After a 14-year battle in Washington, D.C., our elected officials finally voted to preserve the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and Victims Compensation Fund (VCF). While this will bring a degree of financial comfort to afflicted responders and their families, the emotional and physical toll that these families have been forced to endure are no less catastrophic.
Don’t ever forget the perilous dangers we face on a daily basis, so remain vigilant at all times. Take a moment today to reflect on all that has happened and what is still occurring today, here in New York and throughout the world.
Please say a prayer or keep in your thoughts all of our fallen heroes, as well as their bereaved and suffering family members. I realize this a very daunting time to be a law enforcement professional, but do not ever forget that you are the finest frontline supervisors in the world.