2002-10-12 / Community

Pataki Honors Lost Firefighters

Pataki Honors Lost Firefighters

Governor George E. Pataki recently joined with hundreds of fire
officials and families of firefighters at the Fifth Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony to honor 359 firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty in the year 2001 and seven who made the ultimate
sacrifice in earlier years.

An unprecedented 347 firefighters died in the line of duty last year
as they worked to save lives following the attacks and during the collapse
of the World Trade Center towers on September 11.  For the ten-year period from 1990 to 2000, a total of 130 firefighters died in the line of duty.

"Today, in honoring these men in this small way, we record for
history...for all the people who come after us and stand before this
enduring granite wall...the profound respect and the boundless admiration
that the grateful people of New York had for these heroes among us in the
early years of the twenty-first century," Governor Pataki said.

"Our obligation to each of these men is to remember what they did,
and to remember our debt," the Governor said.  "As long as I am Governor, in fact, as long as I am alive, I will remember.  And I know that all New orkers share that commitment."

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said, "These men and women
have dared to take risks -- placing their life on the line in their call to
duty. New York's firefighters are the fabric of our nation and I am pleased
to be with their loved ones as we honor them here today."

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "This memorial stands as a
lasting tribute to the men and women who demonstrate strength, courage and valor every single time they don a firefighter uniform and report for work.

With this memorial, New Yorkers say a quiet thank you to those who left in the morning for a job they loved and never made it home again.

We honor and remember them for their sacrifice."

Secretary of State Randy A. Daniels said, "The amazing outpouring of
support for our State's firefighters has been truly inspiring.  I believe
this reflects renewed recognition of the difficult and dangerous work that
our fire and emergency services personnel do.  We express our gratitude to these heroes; they are ordinary people who do extraordinary things."

York, the United States of America, and the entire world."

The New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial was dedicated by
Governor Pataki in 1998. The memory and the valor of our fallen
firefighters is commemorated at the Memorial Ceremony during Fire
Prevention Week each year.

This year, Governor Pataki designated the week of October 6 -12
as Fire Prevention Week and October 8th as Firefighter Appreciation Day in New York State.

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