For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 08, 2011
AFSCME Reflects on 9/11
New video features public service workers who answered the callWashington, DC —
As the nation pauses to reflect and remember the events of September 11, 2001, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) released this video featuring public service workers who were there that day. AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee had this to say about the day that changed the course of American history:
“A decade has passed since the attacks that brought horrific destruction and death to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the fields outside Shanksville, Pa. Public service workers were among the first on the scene following the attacks. Police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and other first responders rushed into the twin towers to rescue the injured. Emergency personnel from the tri-state areas created caravans to help dig through the rubble. Engineers worked up to 36-hour shifts trying to find survivors. Sanitation workers, child care providers and hundreds of other public employees delivered lunches, supplies and volunteered to do whatever was necessary. Similar acts of courage and service were seen at each of the attack sites.
“As we remember and mourn the fallen, let us continue to take pride in the vital services that public employees provide, day in and day out, in every region of our country.”
AFSCME has released a video in commemoration of 9/11 and it can be viewed here: