Sep 10, 2021
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, IPMA-HR remembers and honors those lost and the thousands of public sector workers who heroically stepped up to help on that day and in the days, months, and years afterwards. In response to the tragic event, many of our public sector colleagues went above and beyond their call of duty, risking their own lives, to rescue and recover the victims of the attacks. Months and years later, still, others worked tirelessly in the reconstruction and restoration of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Throughout the entire time, and to this day, public sector human resources has been the backbone of support for all of their staff who were impacted and continue to be impacted by the horrific events of that day.
Thousands of first responders are now gone, due to illnesses related to their exposure to toxins in the wake of the attack. More than half are currently living with at least one physical or mental health condition associated to that day. We humbly honor your courage to show up and your dedication to the public service profession.
This is a difficult day for many people in our communities as we relive the traumatic events that changed our lives forever. As Senator John Kerry said about that day, “It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” We ask that you take time to remember the innocent people lost, honor the heroic efforts of our public workers, and continue to act in the spirit of unity and support.
If you or someone you know needs help navigating this day, please remember to reach out for support. Here are resources to use in your public agency. For more immediate help, please call the SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357.