Sixteen years ago this morning, nearly 3,000 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks upon the United States. Many of those killed were public employees, our nation’s first responders. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively. Also killed were thousands of other working people. Of the 125 who died at the Pentagon, the majority were civilian federal employees and contractors. Of the thousands killed at the World Trade Center towers, few were guests and tourists that early. Most were investment bankers, insurance company employees, and other office workers. Seventy-two were the mostly immigrant employees of the Windows of the World restaurant on the top floor of the North Tower.
This morning, first responders from across this nation — including many from Washington state — are in Florida, again putting their own safety at risk just as they did in Houston a week ago, to try to save and protect people victimized by a hurricane. As we remember 9/11 today, let’s also remember the daily sacrifices made by our nation’s proud public employees who protect and serve us all. — From The WSLC The Stand
Washington Federation of State Employees
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