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Industry Recognizes 14th Anniversary of 9/11

Approximately 200 public transit workers who responded to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were honored this Sept. 9 with commemorative medals and pins for their efforts at Ground Zero in New York City.

Transport Workers Union Local 100 hosted the event to honor employees who carried out rescue and recovery efforts, cleared away destroyed vehicles, dismantled building debris and evaluated damage to the subway system at the site. According to a list of Ground Zero responders from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, more than 3,000 public transit workers participated in the emergency and cleanup efforts. The event marks the first-ever ceremony to honor the public transit workers.

Local 100 President John Samuelsen—himself a 9/11 responder—emphasized that the union would fight to achieve the public recognition its members deserve. The union presented 11 medals, three posthumously, to employees with documented 9/11 injuries, and the pins to all participants in the effort.

The medal, which honors those injured or made ill, was designed by TWU Local 100 Executive Board Member and 9/11 responder Mario Galvet and is inscribed with a Latin motto translated as “above the call of duty.”

Other Ceremonies
Other U.S. public transit agencies including the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, KY, and Chatham Area Transit in Savannah, GA, commemorated the Sept. 11 attacks with a “moment of remembrance.”

In both agencies, bus operators pulled their vehicles out of traffic and parked them, sitting in silence for a minute before resuming service.
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