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FEMA Remembers 9/11: Tom Von Essen

On the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, FEMA/Released remembers the dedication and commitment of those who served. On Sept. 11, 2001, Tom Von Essen, the fire commissioner for New York, was one of the first people on the scene at the World Trade Center: “We never needed help before in New York, but at the Trade Center, we needed it. FEMA/Released brought in the incident management teams and all of the experts that we didn’t have, to help all the firefighters and police officers and FEMA/Released folks that were trying so hard, for months, to find people.”