Allow first responders to attend the 10th Anniversary ceremony of 9/11
  • Petitioned Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg
President and CEO, 9/11 Memorial
Joseph C. Daniels

Allow first responders to attend the 10th Anniversary ceremony of 9/11

    1. Petition by

      J D

      Nottingham, MD

EMT professionals, police officers, and firefighters rushed to the twin towers and arrived at the Pentagon ready to take on the massive destruction on 9/11/01. They were not invited. They were not asked if they could do it. They weren't offered much in the after-math, either. Despite the lack of invitation, first responders still showed up 10 years ago and saved thousands of lives, risked their own -- many sacrificing their own -- and spent countless hours searching debris with the desperate hope that they would retrieve one more survivor.

On September 11th, 2001, my youngest uncle, Gerard Dewan, was killed along with 342 other New York City firefighters including 10 other members from his house (Ladder 3 & Battalion 6).  He was on duty that fateful day and we knew there was no chance of him shirking away from his responsibilities to people of New York.  We never heard from him again.  It took over 2 ½ years to collect, identify and bury all of his remains.  Many of his comrades are still missing. 

It has been decided that these first responders- including the surviving members of my uncle’s ladder- are not invited to the 10th anniversary ceremony because there is no room for them. An estimated 91,000 first responders showed up that day and faced arguably one of the most tragic days in U.S. History. Many, like my Uncle Gerard, sacrificed their lives in order to save thousands.  And now, the FDNY has released a report revealing that first responders exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero are 19% more likely to have developed cancer in the years following the attacks than their non-exposed colleagues. 

It is completely disrespectful to neglect these remarkable men and women from the ceremony. They deserve recognition and honor and America should remember their service and those men and women who responded that day but did not get to go home to the comfort of their families to reflect on the tragedy. 

 

 

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. 9/11 First Responders Fight For Recognition At Tenth Anniversary

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Peabody firefighter Michael Dewan has carefully preserved the few items his uncle Gerard left behind, including a replica of his FDNY helmet.

    3. Tweet for a 9/11 First Responder

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Nine years and 362 days ago, thousands of firefighters, EMTs and policemen rushed to the Twin Towers and the Pentagon to take on the massive destruction of September 11th.  They were not invited.  A sense of professional duty and human compassion...

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. The Nation is speaking out

      J D
      by J D
      Petition Organizer

      The media has taken our petition and run with it. They have helped spread the word and given us thousands of signatures

    6. Reached 3,000 signatures
    7. 9/11 First Responders Plagued by Health Problems From Toxic Dust and Debris

      J D
      by J D
      Petition Organizer

      Another article portraying the devastating news that first responders who showed up on 9/11 are still experience serious consequences that threaten their health and well being.

    8. Firefighter Cancer Tied To Ground Zero Exposure, New Study Says

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Firefighters who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, selflessly exposing themselves to the toxic dust that clouded Ground Zero, were 19 percent more likely to develop cancer over the subsequent seven years compared to their unexposed colleagues.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Estella Kincheloe PETALUMA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I love this county! Hope 9-11 never happens again!

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      • about 3 years ago

      There should be room for everyone. Unlike uninformed folks like Linda from a couple of weeks ago, it's a memorial for many of us, not a 'photo op'.

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      • about 3 years ago

      Responding to Linda Anderson...go away and come back when you know what you're talking about...the memorial isn't a 'photo op' you tool, lots of us lost close friends there too.

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    • tonya douglas FEDERAL WAY, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      They should be there. They should be considered family. They risked their lives when the time called for it and I'm sure they would do it all over again if they had too.

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    • Shelly Adams COPPELL, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      Everyone should have been invited, especially the first responders. I hope this is a day we all sit and remember what happened ten years ago,.

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