The Rescue Workers of September 11, 2001
"I ask the American people to join me in saying thanks for all the folks who have been fighting hard to rescue our fellow citizens and to join me in saying a prayer for the victims and their families."
President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001
On September 11, 2001, men and women from all walks of life engaged in a heroic effort to rescue survivors of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Fire and police departments, rescue squads, emergency medical technicians, construction workers, labor unions, volunteer building floor wardens and countless others applied their skills and worked selflessly to assist others. When the World Trade Center towers collapsed, killing 2819 people, one in seven were rescue workers.