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On September 11, 2001, terrorists used hijacked airplanes as weapons to attack the United States. Two planes hit the World Trade Center towers in New York City. One plane flew into the side of the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers stormed the cockpit. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attack.

Thousands of first responders answered the call that day to search for survivors amid the rubble, smoke and debris, with 343 firefighters ultimately perishing in the collapse of the Twin Towers and countless more succumbing to 9/11-related illnesses from working at Ground Zero.

Use this resource page to learn about developments in healthcare protections for 9/11 first responders, read the experiences of those who were there and stay current on counter-terrorism priorities for law enforcement.

Sergeant Michael Kurinzi was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Elizabeth Police Department for 20 years
Joseph Zadroga’s advocacy led to the passing of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, named after Zadroga’s son
During the attack, 72 law enforcement officers perished and hundreds more succumbed to related illnesses in the years that followed
Since 2011, the VCF has 80,483 claims and has paid out more than $10 billion in compensation to survivors for medical care and other financial needs
Nearly 3,000 people were killed when hijacked planes crashed into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field
On Sept. 11, 2001, Dave Gallart was a 37-year-old father of two, assigned to the NYPD’s Highway Patrol; this is his story of survival on that nightmarish morning
Thirty-seven Port Authority Police officers and K-9 Sirius died during the attacks on the World Trade Center; Lt. David Lim was one of 14 who survived the collapse of the North Tower in stairwell B
Bradley Saunders, an executive at Morgan Stanley, found himself at the foot of the World Trade Center following an early meeting on 9/11. The events he witnessed that day catalyzed a profound shift in his career trajectory
Why technology is the key to avoiding the next 9/11 and MCI preparedness
Investigator Patrick Hogan was a USMC Persian Gulf War veteran and spent 22 years with the state police
The measure also includes members of the military who responded to 9/11 in Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, unlike the original legislation