Prepared Remarks Attorney General John Ashcroft: Press Availability [September 13, 2001]   [open pdf - 23KB]

"September 11, 2001 was a day of unspeakable violence and outrage, but also a day of heroism and sacrifice. As endangered and terrified men and women struggled to make their way out of burning, collapsing buildings, firemen, police officers and emergency rescue personnel struggled to make their way in. Many - we don't know how many yet - never made it out. Even as we continue to hold out hope that more of these brave Americans will be found alive, it is my duty as Attorney General to begin the process of providing relief to the families of public safety officers who sacrificed so that others might survive the attacks of September 11. The Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act of 1976 provides for approximately $150,000 in benefits to the families of law enforcement officers, firemen, emergency response squad members and ambulance crew members who are killed in the line of duty."

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