Each year we pause to reflect on those lost on September 11, 2001. But with each passing year the list of persons lost to the Twin Towers grows. First Responders continue to suffer from post-event disease, whether from exposure to toxic materials at the site or to a darkness suffered in silence from the magnitude and depth of personal loss. We owe it to the legacy of those who ran towards the danger on that day to consider the continuing impacts, both physical and psychological on New York’s police, firefighters and paramedics, and the impacts experienced by all first responders from a lifetime of service to their communities.
We are mindful of the risk that the commemoration of 9-11 may have on those who continue to suffer in silence. We urge you to reach out for help on this, or any other day.