Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann issued a statement in memory of the first responders who were killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001:
We must never forget the sacrifice of the 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers who lost their lives while trying to save others after the attacks on September 11, 2001. In a time of increased turmoil and tension in the world, it is important to reflect on those who rush to protect our communities no matter how grave the danger.
When the first jetliner flew into World Trade Center North Tower on that terrible day, firefighters and police hurried to evacuate the thousands of people who worked there. They streamed up staircases toward acrid smoke and burning jet fuel in an effort to get everyone out safely. When the second jet hit the South Tower, it was clear that this was no accident – America was under attack. But those responding to the disaster never faltered – they redoubled their efforts to clear the buildings.