Today marks the 16th anniversary of one of the most devastating and unprecedented terror attacks in history. The US had never seen a terrorist attack of this size, and also one which sent people into panic on such an international scale.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed when four planes, which had been hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the twin towers in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) and a field in Pennsylvania.
Today, thousands of New Yorkers will be meeting outside the World Trade Center today to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the deadly attack, as people around the world reflect back on perhaps the most haunting day in living memory.
Later today, US President Donald Trump, who is originally from New York, is expected to initiate a moment of silence with his wife, Melania Trump by his side. It is also expected that the president will pay his respects to the victims at the Pentagon.
There’s so much that has already been said about that fateful day. It feels as if very harrowing story, phone call and rescue mission has been detailed over the past 16 years, as we’ve all come to recognize and champions the heroes of 9/11.
And while many celebrities have publicly expressed their condolences for the victims’ families, one celebrity made a concerted effort to help those directly affected by the terror attack back in 2001. Steve Buscemi was determined to help in the effort to find survivors of the attacks, so he returned to his old job as a firefighter to do just that.
Steve Buscemi, who is renowned for his roles in The Sopranos and Reservoir Dogs, formerly worked as a firefighter in New York City. However, in 1984, he turned to the film industry, where he has undeniably had incredible success.
He went from working 12-hour shifts at the New York City Fire Department to filming in locations all over the world and attending glam red carpet events. It’s safe to say that the actor never expected that in 2001, he’d be back at his old fire station, and for a heartbreaking reason
The day after the attacks, he returned to the fire department where he had worked between 1980 and 1984, and reunited with his former co-workers. However, it wasn’t the sort of work reunion you would expect. He spent a week doing 12-hour shifts, in which he tried to help find survivors trapped in the rubble.
Initially Steve Buscemi wanted no publicity for his efforts and when he was contacted for interviews he refused. However, after some time had passed, he did eventually agree to talk about what he had done.
“It was a privilege to be able to do it. It was great to connect with the firehouse I used to work with and with some of the guys I worked alongside. And it was enormously helpful for me because while I was working, I didn’t really think about it as much, feel it as much.
It wasn’t until I stopped that I really felt the full impact of what had happened. It would have been much harder for me to get through it if I hadn’t been able to do that.”
The efforts Steve Buscemi made to help those who were directly affected by the terror attacks are undeniably worthy of praise.
He never intended for his actions to receive any public attention, which, in my opinion, makes him even more of a hero. In 2014, he made a documentary about the New York City Fire Department (called A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY) and why working there is such an honor.
It goes without saying, but thank you to Steve Buscemi and all the other brave firefighters at the New York City Fire Department who went to great lengths to help those caught up in one of the deadliest attacks the world has ever seen. We will never forget the heroism you displayed, and continue to display to this day.