NYPD’s 'Women at Ground Zero' features the stories of women officers and civilians who selflessly served during and after the large-scale terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001
Capturing the stories of women officers on September 11, 2001 and in the two decades since, New York Police Department, better known as the NYPD, has launched distribution of a new film commemorating for the first time the great rescue effort initiated after the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
Dedicated to all of those who responded to the terrorist attack and its aftermath, the 12-minute film 'NYPD’s Women at Ground Zero' features the stories of women officers and civilians who selflessly served during and after the large-scale terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan.
It also recounts the experience of Moira Smith, who was the only city policewoman to die on September 11.
The film features interviews with 10 current and retired women employees of the NYPD, including detectives, a lieutenant, a communications technician, and a traffic enforcement agent – all among the thousands of NYPD members who were called to duty that day.
It utilizes radio transmissions, news footage and photos from September 11, as well as images of original NYPD archival material.
The documentary-style film is anchored by interviews with women officers who survived to reflect on their shared history from some of the highest levels in the department, including Chief of Interagency Operations Theresa Tobin, Chief of Transportation Kim Royster, and Assistant Chief Martine Materasso, the Counterterrorism Bureau commander.
The film highlights the ultimate sacrifices that continue to this day, with 35 women NYPD members among the hundreds who have so far died of World Trade Center related illnesses since September 11, 2001, and nearly 270 more women now sick and suffering. Yet the film reflects the collective hope their enduring valour inspires and the way their humanity is alive in the hearts of NYPD members at work today.
"Our training is to run toward whatever is a safety issue for others. And once you get there, make sure you mitigate the circumstances. That's the NYPD. And that's what we do," Chief Royster says in the film.
Conceived and produced by the office of Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Communications Richard Esposito, the film was produced by Detective John Giretti and is narrated by Public Information Specialist Jill Bauerle.
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