First Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Statement of Shawn Kelley, April 1, 2003 [open pdf - 41KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commission, First Public Hearing: Statement of Shawn Kelley, April 1, 2003
The first public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held on March 31-April 1, 2003 at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City, NY. The purpose of this public hearing was to engage those whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11 in a public dialogue about the Commission's goals and priorities. The Commission also sought to learn about work already completed and the state of current knowledge, in order to identify the most important issues and questions requiring further investigation. This testimony was part of a panel entitled "Immediate Response to the Attacks". Kelley is the assistant fire chief and chief fire marshal for the Arlington County Fire Department. When an airliner crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, the Arlington County Fire Department was first on the scene, and was in charge of the site through the long rescue and recovery process. Kelley testifies from his experience as one of the key commanders on the scene.
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: www.9-11commission.gov