‘It’s our job to keep telling those stories’
The world’s largest municipal police union is paying tribute through a series of videos to the police officers who laid down their lives during 9/11.
The New York City Police Philanthropic Association aims to work to make sure their stories are available across the country, so that Americans can remember their ultimate sacrifice every day.
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It starts with a two minute video, “23 Remembered,” which is based on the 9/11 memorial wall — located within the association’s Manhattan headquarters — honors the members of the NYPD who lost their lives on that harrowing day 20 years ago. It also pays tribute to the hundreds of police officers who died as a result of 9/11-related illnesses resulting from search-and-recovery operations at Ground Zero.
The wall is lined with hand painted portraits of 22 brave men and a courageous woman who lost their lives and it’s all thanks Philadelphia Police Officer Johnny Castro. Castro made it his mission to paint moving portraits of police officers and military members killed in action.
wall was commissioned by Brothers before others, A non-profit organization that supports the families of fallen police officers.
“I looked at the wall here in our offices and I said, ‘That wall shouldn’t be empty anymore’,” said NYC PBA president Patrick Lynch during the emotional clip, which shows the moment when the relatives of those lost heroes Closed eyes on portraits.
Lynch said he has a very important job to do which is to make sure the stories of these heroes never die.
“It’s our job to keep telling those stories,” he said. “Let’s say today so that the next generation knows it’s their job to say it tomorrow, it’s their job to say it when we’re not here.”
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But one wall was not enough.
The organization felt that “a memorial to our fallen police officers, as well as their stories, should be accessible from all parts of the country,” said Karen Shapiro, staff writer and media liaison for the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York. said. York.
But their efforts are not over yet.
Over the next few months, the NYC PBA plans to create a separate video story for each of the 23 fallen officers. Ground Zero will also feature video portraits of officers dying of diseases as they work on the rescue operation.
“People will be able to read personal stories, experience what happened that day, and find inspiration for their lives as they face personal challenges,” Shapiro said.