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9/11 First Responders Excluded From Memorial Ceremony

August 20, 2011  | 

Police and fire responders who served victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will not be attending the city's 10-year ceremony at Ground Zero, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office has announced.

Earlier this week, the city announced that due to security and space issues, there would be no room for the first responders. Instead, they'll be invited to a private ceremony on a different date.

Retired NYPD officer Anthony Flammia told FOX News, "I'm absolutely disgusted." He said the exclusion was "a total disrespect to the responders ... it's very easy for them to make the space for us."

When contacted by POLICE Magazine on Monday, a Bloomberg spokeswoman defended the decision, saying she would not agree that first responders have been excluded.

"This particular ceremony has always been for [9/11] family members who lost loved ones," Amanda Konstam tells POLICE Magazine. "This is in no way a slight to first responders."

Konstam said first responders have not attended this ceremony in any of the first nine years since the terrorist attacks. "There are other ways we accommodate first responders," she added.

Konstam said the city would install over-flow monitors at Zuccotti Park and Times Square so first responders could watch the ceremony remotely. Also, first responders will open the ceremony by bringing in the World Trade Center flag for the national anthem, ringing the ceremonial bell that marks six moments of silence, and closing the ceremony with taps.

Source: Fox News

Related: NLEOMF Honors 72 LEOs Killed During 9/11 Attacks

Comments (47)

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Kenny Griffin @ 8/20/2011 5:48 AM

As a first responder from The City of Miami Police Department who was among the FIRST depts. to respond to the WTC, I am highly insulted by Mayor Bloomberg's decision. It just goes to show that in his opinion, law enforcement and fire services are something to be hidden and brought out only when necessary. Mayor Bloomberg has a history of opposing public safety groups and this is just another shining example.

garry e shepard jr @ 8/20/2011 6:21 AM

This doesn't make no sense to give a private ceremomy would give the terrorist something to talk about they will take it as a sign of weakness. Besides 9 11 was seen worldwide not privately therefore they should be honored publicly the whole fire and police dept don't have to be there that's what tvs are for smartphones are for

Gary Tucholl @ 8/20/2011 2:58 PM

This is an absolute travesty. As a former LEO, and one who knows what it means to "run toward the fire" these men and women showed the utmost bravery and valor that day. Mayor Bloomberg needs to be reminded who the true heroes sure ain't politicians!

Bill Bowen @ 8/20/2011 5:27 PM

Disgusting! Just another example of a politician basking in the sacrifices made by those who do the real work in serving the public. As a Retired Police Officer, I resent this insensitive decision by the Mayor of New York City. Hopefully, the citizens of New York will remember this at their next Mayoral Election.

Tom @ 8/21/2011 7:20 AM

NYC needs a mayor with some common sense.

Brian Clark @ 8/22/2011 4:44 PM

The survivors and families should demand that everyone who bravely entered the scene to attempt the rescue of their loved ones be present and honored. Even today, some are giving their lives due to illness and injury from that day… They should be acknowledged!

Kyle Fallon @ 8/22/2011 4:49 PM

Mayor Bloomberg is always on the wrong side of the tracks. He fights or supports tooth and nail anything that goes against the grain and sentiment of the people, from the Second Amendment and more. It may be the New York air on bad days that he is getting too much wind of. <><

Frank Plunkett @ 8/22/2011 5:10 PM

Ridiculous. I think all first responders from 9-11 should exercise their first amendment right to assemble and show up anyway..The First Amendment prohibits government from abridging "the right of the people peaceably to assemble."

Deadman @ 8/22/2011 5:46 PM

It makes perfect sense to exclude mayor bloomburg and company.It would make even more sense if the citizens of NYC to vote for somebody else next election day.He always was and still is a first class jerk.

John P. Hebb @ 8/22/2011 5:46 PM

I am retired from police work after 37 years. I am still working in law enforcement part time for my local Sheriff's Department.

Bloomberg is a disgrace. He always has been and always will be. He used his personal millions to buy the Mayor's Office and made a mess of the City of New York since. He is an extremely arrogant oaf with a bad case of small man syndrome. As has been previously stated, the people of New York need to remember this at election time. When you need help, who is going to show up? Certainly not the mayoral midget.

mini28 @ 8/22/2011 5:54 PM

This is a crock of scheisse. Der Kommisar Komrade Bloomberg is a moron. If it wasn't for these brave men and women who responded to this sickening act of cowardice terrorism, the fatality rate would have been a lot higher. I understand for the victim's families, but there were first responders that were were victims too. Maybe Bloomberg might need a first responder to save his worthless facist butt someday, but they won't be there because he doesn't care enough about people who risk their lives for the public's safety. So why should they care about his? This just burns me up! "Be Safe" my brothers and sisters out there.

Dave Everett @ 8/22/2011 6:39 PM

Politics, pure politics. This is the politicians chance to thump their chests. The same politicians who were hiding under desks while brave and heroic professionals were making the supreme sacrafice.

Daniel @ 8/22/2011 7:03 PM

Bloomberg is a moron, doesn't he realize that their were police and fire victims, the victims were a brotherhood a thin blue line and a thin red line. The people that gave their lives trying to rescue those trapped in the towers are hero's and deserve to be remembered.

Morning Eagle @ 8/22/2011 7:07 PM

Just because this is no surprise coming from bloomberg does not make it any less disgusting and insulting. I would guess the families that lost loved ones and those that survived deeply appreciate what First Responders did that day and would welcome any that want to attend and gladly make room for them. I hope they will clearly express that to the mayor and the nation. Once again he has proven he is nothing but a spoiled rotten little rich boy that has no admirable character or redeeming qualities. If New Yorkers allow him to buy another term in office then I guess they will deserve what they get.

John Arnold @ 8/22/2011 10:15 PM

As an Australian and ex Law Enforcement officer, I find this decision to be totally repugnant to those members of Police & Fire Service who rushed into the maelstrom while all others were running away from the terror. What of the 'Family Members' of these two unique brotherhood? To say that emergency response personnel have not been invited to previous observations is trite, considering what those people went through and in many cases are still doing so. One can't imagine how many "Freddy Freeloaders" have been invited to this tenth anniversary instead of the men and women who most definitely deserve to be there.

Keith Bettinger @ 8/22/2011 10:24 PM

HOw dare the politicians exclude the heroes of 9/11 from the scene.

conrad @ 8/22/2011 11:42 PM

They didn't have any problems letting first responders on-scene in 2001! To say that the ceremony is and always has been for the families is a given, but I think we can all agree that those heroes that responded have scars from that day also.

Kenny @ 8/23/2011 12:06 AM

Typical liberal puke who has no idea what sacrifice is. He will bask in the glory of the ceremony and brag about those who died like he knows what it might feel like. Take your liberal communications business and go to a Jane Fonda help clinic you retard!

David @ 8/23/2011 1:12 AM

Really Mayor Bloomberg???!!! Overflow Areas For Us (Public Safety) To Watch The Ceremony. They Talk About Room or Space For Us? What About The Room or Space Needed For All of The "Look At Me, I'm Important" Politicians & Their Special Interest Bigwigs Buddies Who Just Have To Be At A Ceremony They Have No Business Being At. But God Forbid The People Who Spent Countless Life Altering Hours Digging In The Rubble Searching For Their Colleagues, As Well As The Bodies of People They'd Never Even Met So Their Relatives Whom They Also Likely Never Even Met Could Have A Body To Bury!


Bob @ 8/23/2011 5:12 AM

If not all of the EMERGENCY RESPONDERS than the family's of those who died should be invited. After all are they not also ones who lost loved ones to the disaster? Wake up people. These are the ones who went into the buildings as everyone else was going out. It is time for the people of NY to get new people at the top.

Blueknight @ 8/23/2011 5:34 AM

There you go again. Government stepping in and making a mess of things. The people know what is right. A total disgrace.

kbradford @ 8/23/2011 6:05 AM

So, if "God forbid" there is a terrorist attack at the ceremony, would he want them there then? I would think the families would feel comfort having these "Courages Warriors" beside them, honoring those lost in this devastating event and showing strength and unity in the purpose of not allowing this to occcur again on American soil. So much is said about the military heros, which they are, I take nothing away from them, But the American Cop, firefighter and EMS workers are heros too, fighting for the safety, security and freedoms of this country on a daily bases against evil forces as well. They should not be hidden away or disregarded so lightly.

kwetsel @ 8/23/2011 6:09 AM

I would say that if space is a problem then the solution is EASY: who wasn't there that day? Bloomberg and his cronies!!! Let HIM watch it from TV or his phone and let the victims, their families and the men and women who risked it all that day participate! God Bless America because these are the type of people running our country!

FrankD @ 8/23/2011 6:16 AM

What do you expect from a Mayor who want to take the rights from New York citizens. No weapons, no salt, no sugar. Another brainless guy who needs to be voted out of office. A major problem in this country. What happend to the rights for the US citizen? But the people voted him in!

john maslowski @ 8/23/2011 6:23 AM

As disappointed as many of you are, if the facts are correct, that this event is for the families of lost loved ones then we all should honor that. If the city is willing to provided other locations for first responders then they have provided an opportunity for all of us to stand together.

Jay @ 8/23/2011 6:27 AM

If it had not been for the first responders rushing in, there would be a lot more room needed for the families as there would have been many more lives lost. First responders werent invited to attend on 9/11/2001 but they still came.

Rick Bonneau @ 8/23/2011 6:41 AM

The city "leaders" should be ashamed. Rather that shaking hands and kissing babies, they should be honoring the true heroes. Bloomberg this could be political suicide....I hope it is

katherine @ 8/23/2011 6:50 AM

As a LEO I am discusted just like all LEO should be. To say that the ceremony is reserved for the familys of those that lost loved ones. Well, what about the "family" of first responders. How many did we lose that day? Politicians suck.

Ted Bader @ 8/23/2011 8:32 AM

I think it's a great decision! That way, if the terrorists decide to combine their anniversary celebration with Bloomberg's, there will be less emergency personnal as victims and also less to protect his worthless A$$. The people of NYC must be absolute idiots to elect a worthless individual like Bloomberg to follow in Giuliani's footsteps.

arlone fronk @ 8/23/2011 8:32 AM

Please post Bloomburg's email address so we can have a talk. Insulting, unbelievable decision on the Mayor's part! As a society, we couldn't even exist without First Responders. They put their lives on the line every single day, to protect us. They should be invited before ALL others.

Joni @ 8/23/2011 9:08 AM

Someone needs to let Mayor Bloomburg know that the first responders are the first ones that should be at this ceremony.....I truly believe the people of New York should let him know that he is way off base on this one!

Jim @ 8/23/2011 9:18 AM

I guess I don't see the big deal. I'm a cop and I'm all for honoring cops and first responders. But I don't think it's a "travesty" or an "insult" or "discusting" for them to have a special, private ceremony that is just for family members. We don't always have to have the spotlight on us do we? Let the family members have their time to remember their loved ones and mourn their loss. Is that too much to ask for?

Jason_Barnes @ 8/23/2011 10:31 AM

Bloomberg is a leftist dirtbag who is increasingly sucking up to the Muslims in NYC. This action is completely consistent with who he is, his beliefs, and his dirtbag level attitudes and practices.

WAARA @ 8/23/2011 11:33 AM



Guido @ 8/23/2011 11:39 AM

F....U Boomberg! How's yr heart? I hear your atrial fib is real bad!

guido sarduchinni
Manhattan W

Terry Kilgore @ 8/23/2011 1:32 PM

I can't believe that anyone is surprised by this . Since the last mid term election,state and federal, Police, fire, and teachers unions have ruin the budgets for govt.. and still not paying for health of the 9/11 responders that are sick, till next time they need us.. maybe we will be busy working another job to feed ourselves.or trying to find a job for the ones they let go...

M. EPPS @ 8/23/2011 4:16 PM

This just goes to show that nobody wants us around until they need us. To all my brothers and sisters out there in law enforcement, fire and ems who were out there until the end and still on the grind I thank you.


Frank Stevens @ 8/23/2011 7:26 PM

This is typical when politicians are involved. There was plenty of room at the towers when the responders were GOING IN. But then again maybe the responders don't want to hear the political BS from them on how much they are all doing for the responders and the family's.

Maybe there is a need for the citizens of this country to speak up fro these HEROES. Let the politicians feel your disgust at this travesty !!!!!

Daniel R Buckley @ 8/24/2011 7:29 AM

Once again, elected officials get to steal the spotlight away from those who truly protect and serve. Mayor Napolean is only concerned with winning more terms; he couldn't care less about first responders. He is an arrogant little twerp who makes me sick everytime I hear him talk on TV, which is why I stopped watching NY local news.

Larry Johnson @ 8/24/2011 5:54 PM

As a retired small town police chief who still works as a reserve deputy sheriff and a current emt (basic) for 21 years, I think the first responders should show up in force and toss the politicians out! What are they gonna do-call a cop?

randy @ 8/24/2011 8:00 PM

wow really just a big middle finger to all those who came to help out first on scene wow man this mayor needs to go big time i dont like him i never did he has the nerve to say my fellow new yorkers in his speech wtf is he talkin about hes from boston or some other state just a powerful disgrace thumbs up to all who helped out on that day!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff @ 8/25/2011 5:02 AM

I was unable to go to nyc to because im in leo and had to work but my daughter is a first responder she went and three of her fellow firefighters went with her i take this as a personal vendeta against everyone that was realy involved with 9/11 blomberg was not involved with the begining of it he was elected later on he needs to be excluided from this and gieulenti should be the one in charge of it thats all i got to say!!!!!!!!!

jeff @ 8/26/2011 10:47 AM

This ceremony should be boycotted everyone who was going to attend from civilians to other political figures should refuse to attend. Bloombergh is a typical no good politician

mini28 @ 8/26/2011 9:02 PM

Hey, I've got an idea. Since the Nit Wit of New York, his royal pain in the behindness Kommisar Wussberg won't let any first responders attend the ceremony, how about NO first responders show up for security or fire prevention at all! Since he doesn't like them, he doesn't need to have them to save his sorry butt.

Jon Wohlford @ 8/27/2011 9:10 PM

There were first responders that were victims too. Their family not only includes blood but their family is the men and women they served with... ridiculous.

Eileen Howard @ 8/29/2011 11:38 AM

Absolutely disgusting. Words cannot describe how I feel about Bloomberg and his actions. No first responders? No Clergy? What next? No family members? Why does'nt he just spit on the American flag and get it over with?

Colleen Poor @ 8/30/2011 9:31 PM

The first responders should be included. They are as much the victims of the terrorists as those they were saving or trying to save. No one should be excluded, least of all those who were there first. I do hope the people of NY will vote this disgrace of a mayor out of office. He doesn't deserve the honor. I'm not from NY but just from this instance, he needs to go the next election.

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