The United States was attacked in New York City at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It was a day that would turn the World Trade Center, a prominent part of the NYC skyline into an icon that would forever be recognized around the world. The World Trade Center were two towers at the heart of the New York City financial area and it was on this day that the twin towers would be erased only in physicality but never from our memories or the hearts of Americans.

Second aircraft heading for tower 2.

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida hijacked 4 airplanes and carried out insane suicide attacks against specific targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane crashed into the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Close to 3,000 innocent people were killed, including 343 first responders from the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department, during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.

343 Firefighters

NYFD charges into the buildings to save lives!

Among the incredible and staggering statistics resulting from the September 11th attacks are those associated with New York City’s fire department. The NYFD would never suffer a loss like this in its history. On Sept. 11, at the World Trade Center, the NYFD suffered the loss of 343 firefighters, whose deaths represented 4,400 years of cumulative training, nerve, wisdom and heritage. When the twin towers collapsed, age and experience on the job were meaningless protections. Fate claimed chiefs and “probies” alike that morning. This sad loss affected America. 9/11 and the Twin Towers would forever me memorialized and inscribed into history.   

FDNY Memorial Wall

Then came a time for healing and additional recognition and some New Yorker’s worked collectively to create a New York Fire Department Memorial in honor of the crews of the NYFD. On June 10, 2006 lawyers and staff from the offices of the national law firm Holland & Knight joined former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, in a ceremony unveiling an historic 9-11 Memorial Sculpture to the New York City Fire Department. This 9-11 memorial, just one of the sculptures of the 9/11 attack was created to memorialize the heroes of the New York Fire Department and the attack on 9/11 at the World Trade Center in New York city.

Steve Buscemi Puts On His Firefighter Hat

Actor Steve Buscemi was once a firefighter and assisted the FDNY after the 9/11 attacks. He has forever been connected to his roots as a young 22 year old New York City Firefighter. His firefighting career which began in New York’s Little Italy has been always a strong influence with him including his return to the World Trade Center where he assisted those who took the responsibility of cleaning up the World Trade Center site at ground zero.

Actor Steve Buscemi (pronounced “buss-ehm-ee”) has had a distinguished and wildly varied career in television and films since breaking into the acting business in the mid-1980’s, best known for playing dark roles and interesting characters such as “Mr. Pink” in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 Reservoir Dogs, Carl Showalter, one of the two kidnappers in the 1996 crime drama Fargo, Tony Blundetto, a mob killer and cousin of mob boss Tony Soprano in the 2004 season of the HBO television series The Sopranos, and politician/gangster Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. What a career and what interesting roles this NYFD has acted out in his life. He is an inspiration to not just firefighters but his attitude and connection to the NYFD and his support says everything about Steve Buscemi.

Young FDNY Firefighter Buscemi back in the day

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