NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A grateful city is hailing its 9/11 heroes.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Port Authority police superintendent Michael Fedorko, and 9/11 Memorial president Joe Daniels laid a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial on Tuesday to recognize first responders who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

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“Ten years ago, the first responders were first in this battle,Everybody knew this was going to be the worst fire we ever responded to,” Cassano said. “It [the memorial] reminds me of the courage and bravery and commitment and dedication shown that day.”

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A wreath honoring first responders is seen at the 9/11 Memorial - New York, NY - Sep 20, 2011 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

A wreath honoring first responders is seen at the 9/11 Memorial - New York, NY - Sep 20, 2011 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

Bagpipers, color guards, and honor guards joined in a ceremonial procession marking the first of seven first responder days to honor the 441 first responders whose names are inscribed in bronze on the memorial.

Juana Lomi was a paramedic at New York Downtown Hospital on 9/11 and she remembers rushing to ground zero and watching in horror as the towers came down.

“The sky was coming down on me,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on, I thought it was the end of the world.”

Tuesday was her first time at the reflecting pools. She said it was extremely touching to look at the names of fellow workers who perished on that tragic day.

How do you think the first responders of 9/11 should be honored? Sound off below!

Comments (5)
  1. sarahsmyle says:

    In other parts of the world, terrorists have been known to target first responders by setting off one blast, waiting until responders show up, then setting off a second. If I were running a city which arguably remains the main terror target in the United States, planning an significant event such as this, in the same year the primary planner of the deadly attacks was killed, a killer who preferred significant dates and gatherings, I might want my first responders poised and ready to respond, NOT gathered en masse, in tenderness, observing their fallen brethren, comforting vulnerable friends and family. Perhaps the city was protecting first responders and the millions they so courageously serve and protect.

  2. Big D says:

    Bloomberg, Kelly and the rest the the Bloomberg Team are the biggest disgrace to the City. The 10th Anniversary was Sept 11th not Sept> 20th. If Sept 11th was to honor those killed in 2001 than why was the biggest A-HOLE Michael Bloomberg and His crew there. It should have been FAMILY, RESPONDERS, and Volunteers. The Politicians who have there HEADS up there A–all the time should stay away. BY THE WAY I BET THE CHEAP MAYOR DIDN’T PAY FOR THE MEMORIAL WREATH THAT WAS LAID TODAY. .

  3. Brian Branco says:

    I personally think it’s a disgrace that 9 days later the city of New York finally gets around to honoring these people.

    They should have been invited on 9/11 along with the World Trade Center Survivor’s Network.

    The city did such a horrible job this year with the ceremony a couple of thousand more people would not have mattered.

  4. cygon says:

    Why was this not done on 9/11?

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