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Eleven years ago today, 43 Paramedics and EMT’s were killed in the line of duty in the 9-11 attacks. Hundreds more EMS personnel responded, from around the nation, to the crisis sites in all three attack locations, and spent day after day combing through the wreckage searching for survivors and treating those injured in the aftermath. Many of those EMS heroes still suffer the debilitating after-effects of breathing the dust-laden air and being exposed to the numerous toxic substances at ground zero. Many more still wake up in  the middle of the night when they cannot escape the memories even in their dreams.

Today the New York Post honored those EMS heroes, fallen, wounded and those who will live forever with their memories, by... pretending they don’t even exist.

NY Post cartoonist Sean Delonas chose the present this cartoon today depicting “the twin towers” of 9-11, (obviously in his opinion) a firefighter and a cop, completely ignoring the sacrifices and hard work of the EMS services.

I don't discount the sacrifices of the police and firefighters, but come on. Forgetting (or deliberately ignoring) EMS altogether? That's simply wrong.

I really don’t expect much from the Post. It’s a third-rate far-right-wing partisan rag filled with lies, self-serving half-truths, and National Enquirer-level reportage. Oh yeah, and snide “pun” headlines.

But I would have thought they’d at least have the decency to honor all the service heroes who gave their all on 9-11. I guess not.

Don't worry New York Post, if any of you guys ends up calling 911 and my ambulance responds, I'll still do my job and do everything I can to save your life. I guess expecting you to simply do your job is just too much to ask.

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  •  hope the families don't see that (1+ / 0-)
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    ironworkers were very instrumental in clearing the wreckage, as well
    there is a PBS documentary on it

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 11:07:51 AM PDT

    •  I hope they do (1+ / 0-)
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      Usually when anyone mentions the entitled, overbearing multi-headed entity now known as "the families" I wince, cringe, and prepare for some spectacular exposition of how their sacrifices are soooo much more important than anyone in this country who has ever lost a loved one...

      but I would love to see them take on the Post. Maybe they could both sully each other to the point where neither one has any constituency on their side.

      "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

      by joey c on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 11:11:17 AM PDT

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  •  EMS has always (1+ / 0-)
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    been the stepchild; I say that as a former paramedic and instructor. 'Ambulance driver' is the way that many folks saw us, without understanding that we are bringing the ER to them, and it just might save their lives...

    I really understood that when my crew and I arrived at the scene of a cardiac arrest and were told by the family 'she don't need no um, uh, sussitatin'- just take her to the hospital'

    Not surprising, but yes, recognition should be given.

    Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

    by postmodernista on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:55:09 PM PDT

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