AFSCME Reflects on 9/11

AFSCME Remembers 9/11 Victims and Survivors;
New Video Features Connecticut Police Officers At Ground Zero

As the nation pauses to reflect and remember the events of September 11, 2001, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) released a video featuring public service workers, including three Connecticut municipal police officers, who were there that day.

The 4-minute video includes the recollections of Detective Paul Scott Markette of AFSCME Local 1126, Naugatuck Police Department; and Officer David Hartman of AFSCME Local 1429, Wilton Police Department. Also seen in the video, in a non-speaking role, is Officer Christopher Dunn of AFSCME Local 899, Milford Police Department.

Click here to see the video on YouTube

AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee had this to say about the day that changed the course of American history:

“A decade has passed since the attacks that brought horrific destruction and death to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the fields outside Shanksville, Pa. Public service workers were among the first on the scene following the attacks. Police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and other first responders rushed into the twin towers to rescue the injured.

"Emergency personnel from the tri-state areas created caravans to help dig through the rubble. Engineers worked up to 36-hour shifts trying to find survivors. Sanitation workers, child care providers and hundreds of other public employees delivered lunches, supplies and volunteered to do whatever was necessary. Similar acts of courage and service were seen at each of the attack sites

“As we remember and mourn the fallen, let us continue to take pride in the vital services that public employees provide, day in and day out, in every region of our country.”

Click here to see the AFSCME 9/11 video commemoration.