Gov. Doyle: Thanks Oshkosh Firefighter for Representing State at 9/11 Memorial in NYC
Governor Doyle today thanked John Gee, a firefighter from Local 316 in Oshkosh, for representing Wisconsin at a tribute ceremony honoring first responders for the five year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Governor appointed Firefighter Gee to represent the state following a request in August from New York Governor George Pataki.
"Today is a day to pay tribute to the victims of the tragic morning of September 11th and to remember the brave men and women who were there to help save and protect our fellow Americans." Governor Doyle said. "It is also a time to be united as Americans and to be proud of the dedicated men and women who put their lives at risk that day, and every day."
The tribute celebration, which took place at World Trade Center 7 in New York City, was a chance for the country to say thank you to America's first responders, police, firefighters, and EMTs who put their lives on the line to make America safer and honor them for courage and selflessness.
"It was such an honor to be recognized by the Governor and be chosen to participate as a representative of the state of Wisconsin in the memorial ceremony, said Gee. "I was absolutely overwhelmed by the honor paid to all first responders and will never forget it."
Governor Doyle also appointed Tim Ritter, the Lieutenant for Professional Standards the Dane County Sheriff's Department and the Commander of the Dane County SWAT Team, to attend the ceremony.