September 11, 2001, was a day that no American will ever forget.
Death, destruction, hatred and fear were cast upon our Nation when terrorists carried out deadly attacks on the World Trade Centers in the heart of New York City. Images will forever be burned in our memories as paramedics, fire fighters and police officers all rushed to the scene with no regard for their own safety.
Most of those who perished were civilians, except for 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center, and on the ground in New York City. One law enforcement officer died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and 55 military personnel died at the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia.
As first responders, the only thing on their minds was helping others in a time of tragedy.
This is 9/11 by the numbers: (these numbers are approximate)
The first two are indelible, as almost everyone who remembers that horrific day, can nearly pinpoint exactly where they were standing when they watched it happen: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m.
Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
Number of police officers killed: 60
Number of civilians killed: 3,000
We will never forget, how in that smoke’s silver lining stood a line of blue, a line of red, and line of white to show the world these colors don’t run.
Right now, Thin Blue Line USA is running a fundraiser in which 100% of the profits donated will support the Feel Good Foundation to support and assist our American Emergency Personnel who were effected by the events of 9/11.
According to Thin Blue Line’s website, the mission of the FGF is:
“To assist all emergency personnel, including but not limited to, firefighters, police officers, nurses, volunteers, sanitation workers, transportation workers and construction workers, within the United States who have been injured, or face serious injury due to action or omission, in the course of their duties or within their everyday lives.”
“The mission of the FGF includes educating elected officials and private entities on the various problems, concerns and issues faced by First Responders in their everyday duties. The FGF is therefore dedicated to advocating for First Responder rights and illuminating, to proper authorities, the serious issues they encounter.”