PITTSBURGH, PA (September 11, 2021) – Twenty years have passed since the United States woke to the horror and disbelief of witnessing coordinated terror attacks on the nation.
As hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the United States, and indeed the world, shared in the collective grief that still reverberates two decades on.
Close to 3,000 people lost their lives that day.
Thousands of first responders rushed without hesitation to aid the victims and rescue survivors. More than 400 of them would never return home. Nearly as many later died from 9/11-related conditions. Currently, there are tens of thousands of first responders enrolled in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program who are still being treated for illnesses linked to their response that day.
“Pittsburgh Public Safety honors the memory of those who lost their lives and the brave men and women – the first responders - who rushed toward multiple, unforeseen dangers on 9/11. They willingly risked their lives to help, search for, and rescue perfect strangers. They never faltered in their mission or questioned their own safety. This solemn anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on their heroism and express our gratitude. They made the ultimate sacrifice. We thank all first responders for carrying on their legacy of service and selflessness,” --Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich.
We shall never forget.