First Responders

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, New York

There are monuments in cemeteries all across America, like this one in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Buffalo, New York, that stand as a testament to the bravery of firefighters, police officers, and first responders who have fallen in the line of duty.

On 911, America was attacked by al-Qaeda in a series of suicide airplane attacks–one flew into the Pentagon at Arlington, Virginia, one flight crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and two flights crashed into the two towers of the World Trade Center.  2,977 Americans were killed and over 6,000 were injured.  Among the dead were 343 New York City firefighters, 23 police officers, 37 Port Authority police officers, and eight EMTs.

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