LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION observing the 10th Anniversary of the completion of recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site on May 30, 2012, and commemorating the resilient spirit of all the men and women who helped New York overcome great adversity
WHEREAS, On September 11, 2001, the very principles of American freedom, and the safety and security of every American at home and abroad were challenged by the unspeakable atrocities committed on that day; andWHEREAS, This quickly unfolding personal and national tragedy took the lives of thousands yet, at the same time,
NYS Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
Office of Emergency Management
On 9/11/01 Mr. Fisch was serving as the NYSEMO Region 1 Coordinator NYC/LI. He responded from Long Island to support operations at NYCOEM 7 WTC EOC. Upon approaching the Midtown Tunnel on the Long Island Expressway, he observed the collapse of the first tower. He then arrived in lower Manhattan as the second tower collapsed and supported the evacuating City and State EOC representatives evacuating WTC 7. The remobilization occurred at the NYCOEM Command Bus located on Houston Street across from FDNY Ladder 11. Within the next hour as the US Fighter jets flew overhead, the NYCOEM Command Bus was relocated to Chambers Street next to IS 89 where he supported the first 26 hours of the event as the NYSEMO Representative to NYCOEM on their Command Bus. He witnessed and proudly supported the initial mobilization and response to Ground Zero providing information to the NYSEMO EOC and coordinating state/federal/local resources responding to the event, until formally relieved by other NYSEMO staff the next afternoon on 9/12. He continued to serve as the NYSEMO Liaison to NYCOEM during the event in various capacities supporting the recovery effort through January 2002 in New York City.
Mr. Fisch currently serves as the Chief of the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program at NYS OEM Headquarters in Albany, NY.
New York State Office of Emergency Management
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Brian was the Operations Officer responsible for activating the State Emergency Operations Center (State EOC) after the first plane hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Soon after, he was deployed to the World Trade Center site (Vesey and West Street) to meet with members of the New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYCOEM) and State OEM Regional staff. He was immediately requested by NYCOEM to establish and manage the heavy equipment staging area located near Franklin and Church Streets. He worked with NYPD and NYS Department of Transportation to shut down a large area, thus allowing heavy equipment to enter the restricted zone before moving down to the World Trade Center site. After 24 hours, Brian was relieved by a military group that assumed operational management for heavy equipment staging.
Brian was then assigned to Pier 92 along the West Side Highway – base of operations for the New York City Emergency Operations Center as the NYC Logistics Section Chief; he also supported podium and agency operations. Brian then transitioned the Logistics Section to members of NYCOEM, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. For the next three months, Brian represented State OEM at Pier 92 performing a variety of functions.
In December 2001, Brian was assigned to the role of Deputy State Coordinating Officer, responsible for coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State OEM Executive Staff. Brian continued in this role through January 2002 until he was assigned back to his daily duty station at State OEM Headquarters in Albany.
In 2002, Brian was the youngest individual awarded the State OEM Director’s Award in recognition of his work during 9/11. Brian also received citations of recognition from FDNY, NYPD, NYCOEM, NYS Division of Military & Naval Affairs (DMNA), and the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Management.
Brian was the longest-deployed State OEM Headquarters staff member supporting 9/11 operations. Throughout his deployment, he made many lifelong friends and will never forget all those that touched his life through this experience.
On September 11, 2001, Tom McHale responded to the World Trade Center along with fellow members of the Major Case Squad. While his rescuing efforts were underway, Tom and his team narrowly escaped when the towers collapsed. He never left the site that day and for the next ten days, he was on full time assignment at Ground Zero as part of the Port Authority Rescue and Recovery Team.
Even after he was ordered to return to work with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Tom returned to the World Trade Center site each evening. As a member of the Ironworkers Union Local #45, he volunteered a full 12 hour shift to assist his fellow ironworkers and PAPD police officers as they went about their grim recovery and clean-up efforts. He spent countless hours cutting through steel and recovering remains, maintaining the same grueling schedule until the end of January 2002.
That month, Tom and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force were sent overseas to continue the search for Osama bin Laden and terrorists aligned with the Al-Qaeda network. In roughly three months, Detective McHale and his team accomplished miracles. He was instrumental in locating several Al-Qaeda safe houses, identified a possible suicide bomber and responded to a bombing at a church that took the lives of several people, including two Americans. Before returning to the United States, Detective McHale and his team worked side by side with Special Forces units in Afghanistan to discover a biological weapons factory.
Back in New York, McHale resumed his grueling schedule, working a full shift with the Joint Terrorism Task Force followed by a full shift with the Local #45 team. In late May 2002, the honor of cutting down the last steel beam at the World Trade Center was given to Detective McHale in gratitude of his selfless dedication to the more than 2,975 people murdered on September 11th.
Detective Thomas McHale is one of the nation’s most highly decorated law enforcement officers. In addition to the ’93 World Trade Center Medal of Valor, he has received the Port Authority Police Department’s Medal of Honor, the Hanratty Medal of Valor, the 9/11 Commendation Medal, 24 Meritorious Police Duty Medals, CIA National Clandestine Service Award, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s Investigator of the Year Award, Pakistan’s InterServices Intelligence Director General’s Award, two National Association of Police Organization’s (NAPO) TOP COP Awards, the National Council of Investigation and Security Services Duffy Award, New York State Shields Hero of the Month Award and NYPD Centurion Foundation Centurion of the Month.
Chief Nucatola began his career with the Department in 1974 as a Sanitation Worker assigned to Manhattan District 9 Garage, which covers Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, and West Harlem.
He rose steadily through the ranks to various supervisory positions within the Department, including Borough Chief in charge of Queens East Borough, Assistant Chief assigned to the BOO, and most recently as Director of OMD.
Among his many achievements, Chief Nucatola played an integral role in the Department’s response in the aftermath of September 11th. He is credited with planning and implementing some of the Department’s most ambitious technological upgrades, including OMD receiving the 2008 NYC Excellence in Technology Award for the “Best Wireless Project” for GPS/AVL.
He has developed calculated target adjustments that have kept the Department at the forefront of productivity initiatives among mayoral agencies.
Chief Nucatola has attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his family reside on Long Island.
New York State Police Major Stephen Nevins serves as the head of the Protective Services Unit, more commonly known as the Governor’s Detail. Major Nevins spent the majority of his 30-year career in Troop F as a Trooper and a supervisor, including time as the Zone II Commander in Monroe. While all New York State Troopers were affected in some way by the terrorist attacks on 9-11, Major Nevins lost a brother, New York City Firefighter Gerry Nevins, who was assigned to Rescue 1 in Manhattan and had responded to the World Trade Center. Major Nevins spent a significant amount of time at Ground Zero and assisted in the recovery efforts.
New York State Police Senior Investigator Terrence Mullen, who specializes in forensics, is in charge of the Identification Unit of Troop F. Senior Investigator Mullen has been with the New York State Police for 33 years, and began his career as a Trooper in Troop F. He is well known for being one of the founders of the New York State Police Pipes and Drums. A member of the Disaster Mortuary Response Team, Senior Investigator Mullen worked with the federal disaster team to assist the New York Medical Examiner in trying to identify the victims as they were removed from the rubble in the aftermath of 9-11.
Chief Diggins began his career in 1982 as a Sanitation Worker assigned to Brooklyn North District 2 Garage, serving Fort Greene and Brooklyn Heights. He was promoted to Supervisor in 1987 and was assigned as Garage Supervisor of Brooklyn North District 1 Garage.
In 1989, he transferred to the former Edgemere Landfill on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, beginning his career in the Bureau of Waste Disposal. Upon promotion to General Superintendent in 1991, he was assigned to the former Fresh Kills Landfill, where he rose through the ranks to become Director of Fresh Kills in February 2002.
In May 2006, he was reassigned to headquarters, promoted to Chief and named Deputy Director of the Bureau of Waste Disposal under Chief Mucci. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, he was assigned to work with the NYPD and FBI, he assumed responsibility for DSNY’s role in the forensic recovery effort until it’s completion in July 2002.
He holds certifications in FEMA Debris Management, the Incident Command System, and Landfill Operator. He is a 2001 graduate of the City’s Leadership Institute. In 2007, he completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government management course given at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Chief Diggins is also a proud charter member of the Department’s award-winning Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band, having served as Pipe Major from 1996 to 2001.
I currently reside in Bronx County with my fiancé, Patricia Bruno (Senior Court Clerk) who was a Senior Court Officer when she responded to the World Trade Center Site on 9/11, my daughter (Ebony M. Vera) and my Boston Terrier (Yankee-Boy). I enlisted in the US Army in 1988, while serving overseas I suffered a hand injury which prompted my retirement. As a disabled veteran, I began my career with the Unified Court System- Office of Court Administration on April 20th, 1998. I was assigned to the Bronx Criminal Court as a Uniformed Court Officer along with Thomas "Tommy" E. Jurgens (Senior Court Officer) who was lost on September 11th, 2001. I responded to the World Trade Center site along with my fellow brother and sister court officers of Bronx Criminal and Family Court. I also worked at Pier 90-92, the OEM Site providing perimeter security (12 hr) shifts. In November of 2001, I was promoted to the position of Senior Court Officer* and assigned to New York County Supreme Court-Criminal Division located at 111 Centre Street. While assigned to Manhattan, I provided security at the NY County Surrogates Court and lobby security at the Office of Court Administration Headquarters. I transferred to Bronx County Supreme Court-Criminal Division, July of 2003. While assigned to the Bronx, I was afforded the opportunity to work in the 4th Judicial District (Clinton County) to assist them with staffing concerns. In March of 2007, I accepted the position of Applicant Verification Officer (Sergeant) in the Office of Court Administration. Later that same year, I accepted the position of NYS Court Security Training Officer (Academy Instructor-Sergeant) which is where CPT William H. Thompson who was lost on September 11th, 2001 worked. In November 2011, I was promoted to NYS Senior Court Security Training Officer (Lieutenant) which is where I am currently assigned. I am a member of the NYS Guard, assigned to the 8th Decon Company (CERFP) located at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx and a volunteer member of the NYG CBRNE Task Force - HRF Region II.
Emergency workers found food, hydration, and emotional respite from recovery efforts inside the 35,000 square-foot feeding tent at Ground Zero, where The Salvation Army served as sole feeding provider. By the time recovery efforts ended, The Salvation Army had served more than 3 million meals at Ground Zero and other relief sites, utilizing the efforts of more than 7,000 Salvation Army officers and staff and more than 32,000 volunteers, representing a total of almost a million volunteer hours. In addition, by the end of 2001, The Salvation Army had created the World Trade Center Recovery Program, a long-term recovery program providing intensive case management to people who had lost family members, their homes, and/or their jobs. This program lasted until the fall of 2006.
A FDNY official gives a hug of gratitude to a Salvation Army volunteer in the “pit” at Ground Zero in the weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Salvation Army’s response to 9/11, officially known as “Operation: Compassion Under Fire,” provided food, hydration, supplies, grief counseling, financial assistance, referrals, and more, to hundreds of thousands of emergency workers, families of victims, and others impacted by the attacks.
Advocate for Injured Workers Ed Ruff joined the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board in 1998. Mr. Ruff’s office handles all death claims and the most complex workers’ compensation cases. Immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Mr. Ruff and his staff began working 12 hours a day, seven days a week for the next three months helping injured and sick workers, and surviving families, receive workers’ compensation benefits. Mr. Ruff has zealously supported World Trade Center workers and their survivors for the last decade while also reaching out to concerned groups and advocating for the Zadroga Law. He represents the Workers’ Compensation Board on the Advisory Board of the World Trade Center Health Program at Mt. Sinai Hospital, as well.
“My staff and I did our jobs. It was the necessary role of everyone at the Workers’ Compensation Board. We all immediately recognized the need to extend ourselves and our hours to ensure injured workers and surviving families got their benefits as quickly as possible. I’m very proud of my staff’s efforts, and we continue today to assist those made ill by this tragic event,” Mr. Ruff said.
A lifelong advocate for working people, Mr. Ruff was the safety and health coordinator and the assistant director of community services for the NYS AFL-CIO from 1989 to 1998. He was a United Auto Workers representative for the quarter century before that. Among many distinctions, Mr. Ruff was a board member of the Mt. Sinai Hospital and Albany area Occupational Health Clinics. He was also a member of the National Safety Council, Labor Division, as vice-chair for promotion of safety training and education. Mr. Ruff was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Labor Research Advisory Council at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Andrea Piecoro joined the New York State Workers Compensation Board in 1988, compiling statistics and analyzing employment risk for an OSHA report on workplace safety. She was a well-regarded and very knowledgeable administrative analyst on September 11, 2001. For several months after the disaster, Ms. Piecoro was integral to the Board’s outreach and assistance efforts at Pier 94, creating and managing work schedules while helping victims and surviving family members complete documents to claim workers’ compensation benefits. Acting with sensitivity and compassion, Ms. Piecoro analyzed and assigned cases while working with insurers to expedite the payment of benefits. She kept the Board’s executives apprised of developments, so processes and policies could be evaluated for their effectiveness, as well.
“I was honored to help the victims of this horror. We all witnessed it and we all want the best for everyone hurt by what happened that day,” Ms. Piecoro said.
Ms. Piecoro remained the agency’s go-to person in Claims Operations for World Trade Center cases for the next decade, heading a dedicated workgroup and answering complex inquiries. In 2011, a response to a survey indicated a woman may have been due a survivor’s benefit after losing her domestic partner that day; Ms. Piecoro contacted the woman and shepherded the claim through the process until the benefit was awarded. Consistently professional and empathic, she remains the agency’s expert on the handling of World Trade Center claims, even as she today works on a major initiative to implement the electronic reporting of workers’ compensation claims from insurance carriers.
New York State Office of Court Administration
Department of Public Safety
Chief Jewel Williams is a native of New York who began her career with the New York State Unified Court System in November of 1984. Currently, she serves as Chief of Department, responsible for the oversight of all security operations statewide including the management of over 4,200 uniformed officers. Included in her duties related to the uniformed force are policy formulation (rules and procedures), policy compliance, training, staffing analysis, security and equipment protocols.
Chief Williams is also responsible for the management of all emergency and continuity of operations planning for approximately 350 court facilities in the sixty two counties which comprise the State. In this capacity she works closely with local court and agency administrators (Administrative Judges, District Executives and OCA Administrators) and liaisons with a variety of Federal, State and local emergency management agencies.
In her previous positions, Chief Williams has worked in operations as both a facility supervisor and as the commanding officer of a court and, on the support side as Chief of Training and First Deputy Chief of Department.
Chief Williams is a member of:
- The International Association of the Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement)
- National Association of Court Management
She earned a Master’s Degree in Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a B.A. from the College of New Rochelle in New York.
Ms. Williams is also currently serving as a consultant for the National Center for State Courts. Chief Williams has one daughter, Tinequa I. Hunt and recently married her best friend and soul mate David McCollin.
Harry Thompson, a popular and highly respected 27-year veteran court officer, was at the training academy on William Street, just a short distance away from the World Trade Center when the attacks occurred. Captain Thompson, along with several other instructors and officers who were at the academy that day, ran to the scene. He stayed in the South Tower until the very end, moving people to safety and aiding the injured.
Harry was born and raised in the Bronx. After graduating high school, he attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. While in college he married Jeanette Jackson and they became the proud parents of two sons. Harry was a devoted father who cherished each moment spent with his sons, especially every Sunday morning on the neighborhood basketball court.
Harry began his career in civil service with the United States Post Office. Seeking advancement opportunities, he later gained employment with the New York State Unified Court System. Harry ascended the ranks and was later promoted to Captain in the Supreme Court. Harry loved his latest position in the Court Officer Academy, where he had the opportunity to help fellow court officers by providing firearms training and others kill enhancement presentations. He took great pride in his work and enjoyed the interpersonal relationships he was able to foster.
His commitment to civil service was unmatched due to his inherent desire to make a difference while helping his fellow man. This special quality prompted him to enter the World Trade Center on September 11 and willingly make the ultimate sacrifice of his life, with the hope of saving another. Harry was a loving son, proud and active father, and a warm inspirational friend to many.
Appointed as an Emergency Medical Technician to the FDNY on June 3, 1993 and worked in the Bronx Ems Stations 21,22 and 23 until assigned to NYC-OEM 1999 to 2005, then assigned to Ems Bronx Division Commander 2005-2009 and currently assigned to Bronx Ems Sta. 19.
Kevin Allen attended Empire State College, has extensive training through FEMA,NYPD, and FDNY, 6 Pre-Hospital Saves, 17 letters of recognition from FDNY, 4 letters of Commendation from OEM, recipient of the St. Bernadine of Siena Medal 2002 (Siena College), and World Trade Center Survival Medal. He is Vice-President of EMS members in the FDNY Holy Name Society, and Union Delegate local 2507.
Kevin resides in Salisbury Mills, NY with his wife Jerilyn and five children Stephen, Lauren, Caitlin, Kristen and Brian.
With his life cut short at 26 years old, the accomplishments Tommy achieved in life were staggering. He lived in Long Island with his wife, of just three short months, Joan. Tom was a United States Army veteran serving as a combat medic in the Persian Gulf War and also in the New York State Army National Guard. He was Captain of Engine 334 of the Meadowmere Park Fire Department.
Tom entered the New York State Unified Court System and became a court officer on April 20, 1998. His first assignment was Bronx Criminal Court. In November 1999, Tommy promoted to Senior Court Officer, he was assigned to Manhattan Supreme Court-Criminal Term, 111 Centre Street. His last assignment was on security, patrolling the perimeter around the court complex.
Tommy was on duty on September 11, 2001 patrolling the courthouse when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. He raced to the scene in a jury bus filled with other court officers to treat the wounded and assist in evacuating civilians. Joan once said, “Any kind of crisis, he would always be the first to respond.” Tom’s partner SCO Joe Ranauro last saw him coming out of the lower levels of 5 WTC with injured civilians. Tommy’s last words were “I have to go down, those people need help.” Then the South Tower had come down, crushing the side of 5 WTC. Being on the other side, he didn’t make it out.
Responding to calls for assistance and saving lives were nothing new for Senior Court Officer Wallace, who raced to the scene in civilian clothes as he was arriving for work. Twice recently, this Mineola, L.I . resident had demonstrated his skills and expertise as a trained emergency medical technician.
Mitch worked as a paramedic with New York City’s Emergency Medical Services prior to becoming a court officer in March, 2000 at Manhattan Family Court. Later that year while traveling home on the LIRR, Mitch performed 25 minutes of CPR on a passenger in cardiac arrest. Chief Judge Judith Kaye honored Mitch, who received an award for heroism at a ceremony in May, 2001. Mitch promoted to Senior Court Officer i n June and was assigned to Manhattan Supreme Court- Criminal Term, 111 Centre Street. Three years prior to that, Mitch saved his fiancée Noreen’s life by rushing her to the hospital after he noticed she was exhibiting signs of a stroke.
On September 11, 2001 he was on his way to work carrying his medical bag. After the first plane hit the World Trade Center, he raced down and called Noreen with a message “Tell my supervisor I’ll be late to work.” After the second plane hit the World trade Center tower, Mitch called Noreen back and told her there had been a terrible accident. Noreen informed him that it was no accident but a terrorist attack and told him to leave the area. Mitch told her “I can’t! I can’t! There are bodies everywhere! I gotta help.”
One of the last victims he administered assistance to was a woman named Mary Jos. Mary remembered being calm and at ease with Mitch who smiled at her. Mitch was at the base of 5WTC when the South tower came down crushing the side of the building. He never got out.
Anthony Jiminez was born in New York City, where he lived until moving to Levittown at age 12. Anthony graduated from high school in 1969 and enrolled in the army that following October as an infantry soldier in Vietnam, eventually becoming a sergeant. For his valor, Anthony was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, the Valorous Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Following his discharge, Anthony used the GI bill to attend Nassau Community College, where he received an Associate Degree as a Surgical Technician. Upon graduation in 1974, Anthony was hired as an Operating Room Technician at Glen Cove Hospital, where he would eventually become a Glen Cove homeowner with his wife Kathy ten years later.
In 1988, Anthony became a New York State Court Officer. During his service for the court system, he received three commendations for medical lifesaving and New York State’s highest award for heroism in 1999. Anthony is now the Deputy Commissioner of Jurors for Nassau County.
In 1993, Anthony joined the Glen Cove Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, where he still serves as an active member. During his EMS career, he has served as Chief of the Service. For his EMS service, Anthony received the Medal of Valor, 18 lifesaving awards, assisted in the delivery of 6 babies and has responded to more than 6,500 emergency medical calls. On 9/11, Anthony was on the first ferry boat from Glen Cove to lower Manhattan to treat the injured and assist in the evacuation of the area around ground zero. He later worked alongside the firefighters and police on the “pile” for several days thereafter to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts.
Anthony is an active member of the “Young Simmons” chapter of the American Legion and is also a member of Vietnam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans. In 2007, he was privileged to serve as the Glen Cove Memorial Day Parade Honoree.
In 1999, Anthony was elected as a Glen Cove City Councilman, where he still serves. He is the liaison to the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, the volunteer chairman of the community S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Community), and has served as a volunteer youth mentor for 9 years. Anthony also is an annual volunteer for the St. Rocco feast, a volunteer at the soup kitchen and an active member of Glen Cove Kiwanis. In January 2009, Anthony was recognized as the Glen Cove PTA Person of the Year for his community service.
Anthony and his wife Kathy live in the City of Glen Cove, where they raised their two children, Nina and Christopher. They now have one granddaughter, Lillian.
Philip Wayne Rizzo is a lifelong resident of Glen Cove. He was a member of the New York City Department of Correction for twenty four years. The last twelve of those spent as the training Captain in the Emergency Service Unit. During that time he received specialized training in many areas of emergency response.
On 9/11 Captain Rizzo responded to the World Trade Center site along with other correction personnel. He supervised Correction Officers during the Rescue and Recovery Operations spending over seven hundred hours at this site.
In 2005 he lead a team of Correction Officers to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
After his retirement in 2008 he was selected to be part of the Board of the Feal Good Foundation. This Foundation’s mission is to spread awareness and educate the public regarding health effects on 9/11 responders, as well as advocating many years in Washington, D.C. for the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.
Phil and his wife Rosa are also involved and part of the Advisory Board of The Tuesday’s Children First Responders Alliance.
Phil, Rosa, 4 children, son-in-law and two grandchildren all live in Glen Cove.
Since about 1980, Tony Pazzola has been a dedicated Red Cross volunteer. Currently he is the Regional Chairman for all Communications, Radios and the Trustee of all licenses for FCC ham radio stations. For 25 years Tony also served as an active Disaster Response Team (DAT) member, responding to local emergencies such as house fires.
Following 9/11, Tony spent three weeks assisting Red Cross canteening services in New York City. He also provided his communication expertise to the State of New York and participated in search and rescue operations with the Urban Rescue Team.
In total, Tony has responded to about one dozen disaster deployments throughout New York State.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, then Lieutenant Theresa Tobin was one of the first responders to the World Trade Center. Arriving shortly after the first attack, she began to assist in the evacuation of civilians, and it was just after escorting one of the victims from the South Tower that it collapsed. The force of the explosion blasted her clear across the street, racking her body with debris and a chunk of concrete that pierced her ballistic helmet, splitting it in half and imbedding itself in her skull. Despite this serious injury and a fractured ankle, Lieutenant Tobin continued to pull people from the wreckage. In the ensuing second collapse, the debris cloud once again engulfed Lieutenant Tobin. Drawing herself up once more, she found her way into a nearby building full of frightened civilians. As the smoke cleared, she initiated their evacuation. During this time she was told there was a shard of glass sticking in her back, the result of the second explosion. She was removed to a hospital where she was taken directly to surgery.
David Longshore served as a Public Information Officer and Director of Special Programs at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) where he participated in all aspects of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center disaster. He served as the director of OEM’s Blue Team from 2002-2004, and was the manager of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during some of the city’s most notable emergency responses, including the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 (2001), the Staten Island barge explosion (2002), the President’s Day Blizzard (2003), the Staten Island ferry accident (2003), and the Northeastern Blackout of 2003. Between 2000 and 2003, Professor Longshore served on OEM’s Coastal Storm Team and assisted with the City of New York’s preparedness operations for Hurricane Bonnie (1998), Tropical Storm Floyd (1999) and Hurricane Isabel (2003).
Mr. David Longshore earned his B.A. in History and English from Amherst College, and his M.A. in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is a former Adjunct Instructor with the Center for Continuing Studies (CCS), where he taught graduate courses on Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security.
Mr. Longshore served as a member of the Intelligence Institute at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he specialized in maritime domain protection, critical infrastructure protection, and emergency management. In addition to the Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones (Third Edition, 2008), Professor Longshore is the author of numerous articles, plays, short stories, and novels. In 2005, his article, “American Sea Power and the Prevention of Terror” was published in Homeland Security Affairs journal. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and currently serves as a District Representative and Press Secretary for New York State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker.
Gerald Ladouceur was born in Albany and graduated from Cardinal McLoskey High Scholl.He served in both the Marine Corp and Navy, and most recently served as a chaplain for the NY Naval Militia. He was ordained a Catholic deacon in 1994 and is a Doctor of Psychology. He is a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Albany and at The Community Hospice.
On September 11th, 2011, the 137 volunteer EMT and paramedic members of Flatbush Hatzoloh Inc. rushed without a moments thought to assist the authorities at ground zero immediately following the horrific attacks. Using all six amublances in their flee as well as personal vehicles they selflessly aided in the treatment and transportation of numerous victims and helped in the evacuation of hundreds of more. As part of galvanized effort by the greater Chevra Hatzoloh network of 35 ambulances, 250 emt’s and 55 paramedics, this was the largest response to the tragedy after those by Port Authority Police Department, theFire Department of New York and New York City Police Departments.
Frank McCarton is OEM’s Deputy Commissioner of Operations. A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Program, McCarton most recently served as Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Operational Development at the Boston Fire Department (BFD). Prior to BFD, McCarton was Undersecretary of the California Emergency Management Agency when the state’s Office of Emergency Services merged with the Office of Homeland Security. He helped oversee California’s response to several major wildfires, mudslides and earthquakes. McCarton also served as Deputy Commissioner for Public Information in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management from 1999 to 2004. Among the first responders to the September 11th terrorist attack, he organized the City’s Crisis Communications program and served as the City’s primary spokesperson.
Deputy Commissioner McCarton brings over two decades of achievement in the fields of operations, emergency management and crisis communications to OEM.
Morris Faitelewicz (pictured on far left) is a lifelong resident of the Lower East Side and a dedicated community advocate who has served his neighbors tirelessly in multiple capacities throughout his life. On September 11, 2001, Faitelewicz was the commanding officer of the 7th Precinct Auxiliary Police Rescue Unit. In the difficult days and months that followed, Faitelewicz played a vital role in the rescue and recovery operation, overseeing a team of volunteers and coordinating with the New York City Police Department Emergency Service Unit. In his role as commander, Faitelewicz, who at that time held the rank of Captain in the Auxiliary Police, oversaw such crucial operations as organizing, assembling and distributing rescue equipment and supplies for work on “the pile”; providing security for the ESU command center; responding to service calls at Ground Zero, as well many other important tasks.
Faitelewicz averaged 36 hours a week for nine months at the pile, selflessly giving his time to the physically and emotionally demanding work of helping our city and our nation recover from the worst terrorist attack in its history. Faitelewicz has since attained the rank of Inspector, and served as the citywide commanding officer of the Auxiliary Police Emergency Support Unit. In addition to his work in the Auxiliary Police, Faitelewicz has served for decades as a member of Community Board 3 in Manhattan. He is also a volunteer paramedic for the Hatzalah emergency medical service.
Shilpan Patel, a 20 year veteran of NYSDOT, in response to the events of September 11, 2001, coordinated with PANYNJ to establish a haul road and barging operation at Pier 25 between Chambers and N. Moore Streets. He also worked to meet the immediate challenges: reestablish the corridor and reopen Route 9A for general public use; reestablish safe pedestrian connections; and restore lost utility connections.
In addition in early 2002, Mr. Patel reviewed and provided oversight in the preparation of a Detailed Damage Inspection Report (DDIR) to assess the order of magnitude damage to the Route 9A roadway and ensure that heavy equipment did not compromise the 50 year design permanent pavement and crush the shallow utilities underneath; coordinated to secure funding for 9A work especially from FEMA and FHWA; and worked with Main Office to hire consultants and define a scope of work for the eventual Route 9A reconstruction at the WTC.
Assembly Resolution Honors Ground Zero Workers and Volunteers