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Artist As Witness: The 9/11 Responders
November 9, 2010 — Today, The New York City Police Museum hosted a special installation of the 9/11 WTC LOD Shields for the officers who died of 9/11 related illnesses. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly presided over the installation. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressman Charles Rangel and Councilmember Margaret Chin were in attendance. Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Nadler assisted the New York City Police Museum in transporting the “Artist as Witness The 9/11 Responders” exhibit to the Rotunda of the Russell Building. Aggie Kenny, First Responders and Family Members of the Officers who died of 9/11 related illnesses were also in attendance.

Commissioner Kelly said: “The officers we remember this morning were part of the Department’s greatest rescue effort, but they also are among the casualties. Their names already have been added to the memorials in New York City; now their names will travel the country. The presence of these 29 shields in the Russell Senate Office Building will no doubt make a strong statement about the sacrifice of New York City’s first responders on behalf of all Americans.”

Congresswoman Maloney said, “It is fitting that this haunting reminder of the sacrifices made by so many NYPD heroes following the attacks will be displayed here in the New York City Police Museum, and later in the Russell Senate building in Washington. But just as the NYPD and all 9/11 responders were there for us after the attacks, we must now be there for them in their time of need. We must pass the Zadroga 9/11 health bill now, before any more Americans share the fate of the 29 NYPD heroes we’re honoring today. It is the least we can do as a grateful nation.”

Congressman Nadler said, “I am honored to join with Commissioner Kelly, the NYPD, and the NYC Police Museum in the installation of these shields of fallen officers. We will never for a moment forget the great sacrifice of these men and women in uniform, and we will continue to fight for justice for all of those still sick with illnesses caused by 9/11. Our legislation, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, is designed to provide health care and compensation to responders and survivors in efforts to repay a great unpaid debt. Let us remember our fallen heroes always, with pride and appreciation.”

“This installation is a powerful statement about the heroic sacrifice New York City police officers made to save lives during the 9/11 tragedy,” said Senator Gillibrand. “We have an undeniable moral obligation to help the heroes and survivors of 9/11 that were exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero. This should not be a partisan issue. It’s time to seize every opportunity to pass the 9/11 health legislation and keep our promise to the heroes of this country who came to our rescue on 9/11.”

Artist As Witness: The 9/11 Responders
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