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Tue, 09.11.2001

Black firefighters were some of the first responders to 9/11 for the United States

On this date in 2001, 12 Black firefighters died during the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center in New York City.

They were among the 343 firefighters and the almost 3,000 citizens who were victims of the attack in New York City.

The 12 Black firefighters were Vernon Cherry, André Fletcher, Gerald Baptist, Keith Glascoe, Karl Joseph, Tarel Coleman, William Henry, Ronnie Henderson, Vernon Richard, Leon Smith, Jr., Shawn Powell, and Keithroy Maynard.

Reference:
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