2001-10-06 / Editorial/Opinion

In Memory of Unsung Heroes

In Memory of Unsung Heroes

Since the harrowing attack on the World Trade Center, most of the stories presented in various media forms have focused on the brave members of the New York City Fire and Police Departments who perished. While these people deserve all the praise and acknowledgements, there are those that have not been prominently featured in the news or anywhere else. They were the messengers, security guards, maintenance workers, and cafeteria personnel working on the morning of September 11. Most of these people were part of the underclass, not making more than $7 to $8 an hour, and taking care of families where the average number of children falls between two and three. Their families will not have the luxury of receiving large benefit packages from the City of New York, nor will they receive substantial benefits from insurance claims. Surely, assistance will come in some form, but it will never equal the amount being awarded to the families of fallen fireman and police officers. They may not have taken criminals off the streets or rushed into burning buildings, but they worked hard, for literally pennies, to try and provide a better life for their loved ones. For that reason alone, they too are heroes, and we should not forget them.

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