Hillary Clinton Has Always Stood with the 9/11 First Responders and Their Families

On a fall morning 15 years ago, the unthinkable happened and thousands died in the worst terrorist attack to take place on American soil. Within moments, our heroic first responders rushed into action to save lives and prevent further tragedy. But the reach of the terrorists went beyond 9/11 and many of our bravest men and women suffered, and continued to suffer, from illnesses and injuries that resulted from their heroism.

From early on, Hillary Clinton was one of the champions of those first responders and their families. Her record on the issue speaks for itself. Many of the first responders and their family members also speak for Clinton and what she did for them. Here are some examples:

Vincent Variale, New York City Fire Department; president of Uniformed EMS Officers Union Local 3621:

There's something else I will never forget about that time. How our senator, Hillary Clinton, stood with us to ensure first responders, like me, got the funding and the health care we needed. I remember seeing her down at Ground Zero, reassuring us that she would do everything in her power to make sure we had the support we needed. Hillary kept her promise. She understands the sacrifices we made that terrible day and the months that followed, and she understands the sacrifices people who serve their communities make every day.

Joe Sweeney, former detective in the New York City Police Department:

And when we needed someone to speak for us, to stand with us, to fight on our behalf, Hillary Clinton was there, every step of the way. Within 48 hours of the towers falling, Hillary introduced a bill—signed into law—that helped first responders get the benefits they earned easier and faster. Then she pressured the [Environmental Protection Agency] to launch a new task force and led congressional hearings until the EPA admitted the air hadn’t been safe. A lot of people moved on; they thought everything was fine. But Hillary Clinton kept in touch and kept at it. Ten years later, Hillary Clinton was still our toughest champion, making sure we still got our health benefits.

Chuck Capo, EMS Local 3621:

Sen. Clinton, thank you very much, if you decide to throw your hat in the ring to run for the other office, you have my support.

Marvin Bethea, paramedic:

She's been with us through thick and thin....The Hillary that I know is warm, considerate and a very caring woman. And she's true to her word.

Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association:

Sen. Hillary Clinton has proven herself to be a tireless advocate for New Yorkers and our firefighters.

Peter Gorman, former president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association:

Hillary Clinton has been a staunch friend and supporter of New York City firefighters and their families from her first day in the United States Senate. But it goes far beyond that. Sen. Clinton has been tireless in her efforts to fight for everyone in this state who needs her help.