Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) met with and thanked World Trade Center first responders and recovery workers at a special "Thank You Tribute" marking the 10th anniversary to the formal end of the recovery operations this evening at the National 9/11 Memorial.
"Ten years ago we marked the formal end to the cleanup efforts at Ground Zero. In the decade since, our city and our nation remains intact. Our city is still rebuilding and continues to carry the same resolve. At the center of New York's strength and resolve are the first responders and recovery workers who rushed into harm's way during one of our nation's darkest hours. They did not hesitate. They saved countless lives and began the process of rebuilding our city when the wounds were still fresh and our nation mourned."
"Every New Yorker has a personal relationship to that fateful day, and I am no different. My son-in-law, Tom Dolan, was an FDNY Lieutenant at the time. He and his fellow firefighters commandeered a bus and then ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with all of their equipment. They made it there right after the second tower fell and we didn't hear from him until 7:30 that night. He worked on the site for the next seven months. On a day when many were crippled by shock and overcome with emotion and anxiety, our first responders and recovery workers didn't flinch, they never faltered. They acted swiftly and their quick action made the difference for so many. There is not enough praise in the world to honor their tireless efforts and sacrifice amidst exceedingly dangerous conditions. This evening's ceremony serves as a small token of our city's appreciation for this sacrifice and I am proud to stand with these exceptional New Yorkers this evening, and thank them for all that they did to save lives, heal our city, and help us move forward."