9/11 -- Vice President Biden and New York Governor Cuomo Address 300-plus First Responders

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Governor Joins Participants in Final Leg of Ride Down to World Trade Center Site

Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today were joined by more than 300 first responders representing fire and police departments across New York State as part of the 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride, today.

The 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride is designed to pay tribute to the strength, courage, and heroism of the police and fire department personnel who led the response and recovery efforts following the September 11th terrorist attacks. The riders started this morning in Albany, Ulster and Suffolk Counties before converging in New York City and continuing on to the World Trade Center site.

"Today, we honor all those who rushed into danger on September 11, who overcame their fear in order to help others," Governor Cuomo said. "We must all remember that freedom isn't free, and on that day 14 years ago, these men and women put their duty and their obligations first knowing it could cost them their life. We admire them and we hope that after all they have done for us that we show half the courage they did because they are true Americans and true New York heroes."

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said: "Fourteen years later, we still vividly recall the incredible courage and bravery of first responders, who selflessly ran toward danger to help others on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride honors their heroism and strength, a legacy we carry with us each and every day as we protect and serve the people of New York."

"The Port Authority is proud to welcome these first responders to the World Trade Center site on today’s 9/11 anniversary, as a way to pay tribute to their brethren from New York State who displayed such heroism on that tragic day 14 years ago," added Pat Foye, Executive Director Port Authority. "Our agency will never forget the bravery of those who responded and saved lives, while in many cases losing their own.”

"We will always remember the heroism and the bravery exhibited by first responders on September 11. The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association lost many members, and we strive to honor their memory every day," said Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmens Benevolent Association. "We must pay our respects and thank the men and women who risked and gave their lives to save others. We will never forget."

"The September 11 attacks on our nation and city was a day that changed the course of history and changed us all as Americans," said Steve Cassidy, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York President. "At this time every year we come together to remember our lost brothers and sisters, who continue to inspire us all today. Their courage, bravery, sacrifice and their sense of duty exemplify what it means to be a New Yorker. As each year passes, we will continue to hold these heroic individuals close to our hearts and do our best to honor their memory."

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