Commissioner Brann Remarks

9/11 Memorial Unveiling




  • As we mark another year after the devastating 9/11 attacks, these questions always arise: How do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? How do we live up to their example? And how do we keep their spirit alive in our hearts?


  • As your Commissioner, several years ago I set out to ensure that the history of the women and men at DOC who assisted in the rescue, recovery and support efforts after September 11th was known. And recognized.


  • Hundreds of DOC Members of Service (MOS) unselfishly answered the call during that critical time, and since then we have lost nearly 20 MOS due to 9/11 related illnesses and more than 65 of our Boldest brothers and sisters are currently suffering from illnesses related to toxins from Ground Zero, that we are aware of.


  • So today, it is with great reverence, honor, and privilege to be able to pay tribute to you all with the dedication of this 9/11 monument.


  • We at DOC remember and will never forget your courage.


  • We at DOC remember and will never forget your strength.


  • We at DOC remember and will never forget your commitment to New York City and our nation.


  • Without hesitation, you stepped forward to serve during those incredibly challenging times and this monument will serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifices you made.



  • And when we have a new location for our Academy, the monument will be relocated for all staff and for all the world to see, we were there.


  • To everyone who assisted and to all the people we have lost, we honor and Thank you.


  • And without further ado, I present to you our 9/11 Monument.