PEF remembers those who perished on Sept. 11
As rain fell, PEF leaders and staff took time out of their day to remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
PEF President Wayne Spence citied the times of each plane crash and when the towers collapsed. He said reliving that day in his mind stirs many emotions, and how life has changed for all of us because of terrorism. He also mentioned PEF’s role in helping the families of the victims move forward through the union’s strength and intervention.
PEF’s lead contract negotiator, AFT’s Mark Richard, spoke about the bravery and devotion of the first responders, the firefighters, police and EMTs who ran through the blinding toxic dust and debris to help people. And the teachers who told the children to hold hands as they tried to exit the horrific scene.
“That is what we do as union colleagues, as first responders, as public employees. That’s what we do because we love each other,” Richard said.
PEF Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Geraldine Stella focused on the need for more on-the-job protections for all occupations, and emergency response plans.
“Those are the things unions fight for every day. Those are the things that are being threatened when unions are being threatened,” she said.
PEF Secretary Treasurer Kay Alison Wilke, and PEF Vice Presidents Sharon V. DeSilva and Randi DiAntonio read the names of the fallen members, carved in the PEF memorial monument.
Wilke had shared a quote from Virgil earlier: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”