September 11th, 2001 is a day that will never be forgotten. On that day, 2,977 Americans were killed in a series of horrific terrorist attacks. Thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders would die in the ensuing years because of their exposure to toxic substances they faced at ground zero.
The attacks had a profound impact on American law enforcement, from forcing many state and local agencies to shift their priorities to being the catalyst behind the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Mike Essig, president of the New York State FOP Lodge.
Mike has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as a Deputy Sheriff in Rockland County in its Anti-Terrorist Analytical Group.
00:00 – Intro
00:46 – About Mike Essig
04:21 – When the Towers Fell
11:20 – The Years Since
18:52 – There is a Human Toll
25:03 – The New York State FOP Remembers
31:05 – Final Thoughts