New memorial honors COs who responded on 9/11

The first-of-its-kind memorial recognizes the more than 1,000 COs who responded during and in the aftermath of the attacks


By C1 Staff

NEW YORK — A granite memorial honoring corrections officers who bravely responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks was unveiled Saturday at Rikers Island.

According to NY1, the first-of-its-kind memorial recognizes the more than 1,000 COs who responded during and in the aftermath of the attacks.

"The boldness and the bravery you all displayed has been an inspiration to me and it set me on a mission to right a wrong," said DOC Commissioner Cynthia Brann, referring to the mostly untold story of the DOC’s role in responding to the attacks.

According to the report, 20 DOC members have died of 9/11-related illness, and at least 65 are currently suffering from sickness as a result of responding to the attacks.

Earlier this summer, a push to make a fund for 9/11 first responders permanent brought renewed focus to the plight of many police, fire, EMS, and corrections workers who have suffered serious health complications in the years since they responded to Ground Zero.

"I was a little surprised that they have not received the acknowledgment that they so deserve because they were there with us … as a uniformed service – their skills and experience were critical," Port Authority Police Department Commander William Keegan said.

 

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