GI COMMUNITY STORIES

9/11

Paying Tribute

The effects of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 escaped no one, particularly the emergency workers who were on the ground and inside buildings when the Twin Towers fell to the ground. In the hours and days following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, emergency workers around the world grieved for their comrades who perished during rescue efforts.

Georgian International and its aviation subsidiary, Air Georgian, gave local Barrie emergency workers the opportunity to pay tribute to their fallen brethren by donating its pilots and four Beechcraft 1900D airplanes so firefighters and police officers could attend funerals in New York City.  "We have a firm belief that in the profession of emergency services, there are no borders," said Barrie Fire Chief, John Lynn. "It's the bond of the profession."

For the past decade, contingents of more than 300 Canadian police and firefighters have made the trip south of the border, every September, to support their New York City emergency service brothers and sisters who lost hundreds of fellow colleagues during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.