Dozens of PEF leaders and staff gathered around PEF’s Memorial Garden to remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks on Sept, 11, 2001.
PEF President Wayne Spence officiated at the event and reflected upon how the tragedy left an indelible mark on all those who survived and helped. Spence credited former PEF President Roger Benson for taking an active role to help the families who lost a loved one.
PEF’s Director of the Membership Benefits Program, Lisa Pulver, also spoke about her role in helping the families and her trip to Ground Zero. The names of those who lost their lives are engraved on the PEF Monument and were read by PEF Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Hintz and PEF Division 357 Council Leader Penny Howansky.
Spence said the 2001 attacks on our country remind us to put aside our differences and pledge to work together to rekindle and reinforce the important lessons of empathy, service and unity that arose from the tragedy.
An event was also held in Manhattan at the state Department of Taxation and Finance where members gave the former commissioner, Arthur Roth, a plaque honoring his leadership, compassion and diligence during the attacks and the aftermath.