We take this time during this week every year to remember an awful day in 2001, during the second week of September. The United States sustained the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our history. Thousands died in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. Alongside the many civilians who perished were hundreds of First Responders, Police, EMS and Fire personnel. Our colleagues.

That day was horrible and the days that followed were very difficult for many. To this day, we remember those who died, especially our colleagues. We still keep their memory in our thoughts. We hope the intervening years have helped in some way to ease the pain their family and friends have suffered.

MONOC's actions that day is a source of pride for us. We responded dozens of ambulances throughout the state, even to ground zero in New York City. We sent multiple units to designated staging areas and supported other EMS agencies. MONOC established a mass triage and processing center along the Bayshore region to receive the hundreds of people fleeing the City by ferries. Despite this extraordinary demand on our resources, we still maintained complete coverage of our own primary EMS region and continued to transport critical patients for our member hospitals.

It was through the dedication, commitment and courage of our staff that MONOC was able to function without interruption and provide needed additional services throughout the state. I remain very proud of our staff for their outstanding performance that day.

We remember those we lost on September 11th, 2001 and recognize our entire team who gave so much during that time, for their tremendous effort!