Honoring the 16th anniversary of AFSCME members’ sacrifice on 9/11
Sep 09, 2017
As the nation pauses Monday to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, AFSCME honors 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 view our video: “We Remember 9/11: A Decade Later,” honoring the workers who responded on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the aftermath.
The sad reality on this Sept. 11, 2017 is that many AFSCME members again will risk their lives in the recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. To help in those efforts: https://www.afscme.org/now/keep-those-donations-coming-afscme-members-need-your-help
Among events in Washington state, events at Washington State University: https://calendar.wsu.edu/event/911-national-day-of-service-and-remembrance-2/
9/11 Day Leaders Call on Americans to Observe the 16th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks as a National Day of Unity and Service