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Remembering: Worker Sacrifice on 9/11

Never Forget

As the nation paused to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, AFSCME honored the many public service workers — including its dedicated members — who were at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa., on that harrowing day. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and other first responders led an estimated 20,000 people to safety. In the days that followed, public servants combed rubble for survivors, delivered lunches and supplies, and worked wherever necessary.

Among the AFSCME members who gave their lives were Father Mychal F. Judge, a New York Fire Department chaplain (Local 299, DC 37), paramedics Carlos Lillo and Ricardo Quinn, (DC 37), Chet Louie, an AFSCME member who worked a second job at the World Trade Center, and five members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/Local 1000 — Yvette Anderson, Florence Cohen, Harry Goody, Marian Hrycak and Dorothy Temple.

AFSCME’s DC 37 — whose office sat in the shadow of the World Trade Center — faced numerous challenges, but leadership and staff persevered, keeping the union running during a critical time.

Please visit to view the video, “We Remember 9/11: A Decade Later,” honoring the workers who responded on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the aftermath.

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