Arizona’s Governor Ducey signs 9/11 education bill

Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey has signed House Bill 2325  into law, making education about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks mandatory in Arizona schools. Every public school in the state now must spend some portion of September 11th (or a nearby day if it falls on a weekend) learning about the attacks of 9/11.

Governor Ducey said in a press release, “We have an obligation to teach our children about the events and ideas that made us who we are as a nation. On that day, we faced an attack on who we are and what we stand for: democracy, liberty and freedom. We’re going to ensure future generations of Arizonans never forget how those values were defended on September 11, 2001.”

A sponsor of House Bill 2325, Representative John Kavanagh, was a PAPD officer for 20 years and knew many of the 37 PAPD officers killed in the attacks.

Arizona is the 15th state to require any September 11th instruction.

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‘Da pride of Flatbush’ retired FDNY FF Gerard O’Donnell gets a surprise for his 85th birthday

Retired FDNY FF Gerard O’Donnell spent much of his career at Ladder 147. He worked during the recovery efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, despite turning in his equipment to retire on the 10th. He raised three firefighter sons, and mentored many younger firefighters.

He received a surprise on his 85th birthday, when a number of firefighters crashed his birthday party at a Queens restaurant, reports The Wave  

John Tracy, who worked with Gerard at L-147, told reporters, “He is a legend, no one could say anything bad about him.”

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Daughter of 9/11 hero NYPD Officer Ramon Suarez follows in dad’s footsteps, becomes NYPD officer

Jillian Suarez, who was 9 years old on September 11, 2001, when her father, NYPD Officer Ramon Suarez, was killed responding to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, has become an NYPD officer herself reports News 12.

She graduated from the academy in 2018, and works with the 9 Precinct.

She and her mother plan to start a foundation to give scholarships to students at P.S. 239/Police Officer Ramon Suarez School in Queens.

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