George W. Bush presented the Medal of Valor to the families of 443 first-responders killed on 9/11 during a White House ceremony Friday.
They include members of the Police and Fire departments, EMS, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Bush thanked the families on behalf of the nation for their sacrifice.
“On that day, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, Port Authority personnel and other public safety officers performed their jobs with extraordinary distinction in the face of unspeakable terror,” said the president. “We're grateful to the families and friends that have come here to honor their memory. We know that the sense of loss you feel does not disappear with time."
City Congressman Joseph Crowley spearheaded the effort to award the medals.
Crowley lost a cousin who worked for the Fire Department on September 11th.
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