Every year on September 11, we pause to remember our fallen brothers and never forget their sacrifice.
It is our solemn duty to honor our 343 FDNY brothers lost that day and our 207 IAFF brothers and sisters lost to 9/11-related illnesses. It is our responsibility to keep their memories alive.
Immediately following the attacks, the IAFF was on the ground to support our New York locals – the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94 and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854. At the same time, members from across the United States and Canada traveled to New York to provide support to members and their families.
Honoring each of the lives lost on September 11 and in the years since, and remembering their service and sacrifice, are profoundly important to not just those of us in the fire service but to the families of the fallen, as well.
So today, on this anniversary every year, we pause in memory of those who lost their lives in one of the most valiant rescue operations our nation has ever seen. We will Always Remember and Never Forget.