Today we remember the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing – an attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. It was the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people.
The membership of HEART 9/11 also remembers today the many NYPD and FDNY members who responded to the OKC Bombing and assisted in the Rescue/Recovery Mission. Some of these brave uniformed first responders who assisted in OKC perished during the WTC 9/11 attacks, including NYPD Sgt. Mike Curtin ESU ESS2 who helped in the carry out of a US Marine killed at the Murrow Building nineteen years ago.
HEART 9/11 would especially like to extend our thoughts and prayers to our friend Reverend Jack Poe for his work following the bombing of the Murrah Building and his difficult tasks following the EF-5 tornado of May 20, 2013. Jack was essential in integrating the HEART 9/11 members into the devastated Moore, OK community so that our expertise would assist those most damaged by the tornado. Years later our friends from Oklahoma are still paying forward the hard learned lessons of their grief to others suffering similar tragedies.
The HEART 9/11 family and all New Yorkers will “Never Forget” your help during our trying days and send our love on this Anniversary weekend.