Friday, Sept. 11, 2020
9/11 Commemoration: Unified Court System Remembers Officers Killed at the World Trade Center
The Unified Court System observes the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in a virtual 9/11 Commemoration. Our Commemoration pays tribute to the Court Officers who were killed that day as they responded to World Trade Center to provide assistance, Captain William Harry Thompson, Sergeant Thomas Jurgens and Sergeant Mitchel Wallace. We also honor all those who responded to the attacks along with them. Our virtual tribute includes remarks from Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, and Chief Joseph Baccellieri, as well as a tribute by the New York State Courts Ceremonial Unit, the New York State Courts Pipes and Drums and Sergeant Jessica Hernandez filmed at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
We remember the September 11th attacks which took place in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Two thousand seven hundred and fifty-three people died at the World Trade Center, including Captain Thompson, Sergeant Jurgens and Sergeant Wallace. In 2018, the New York State Unified Court System Captain William H. Thompson, Sergeant Thomas Jurgens and Sergeant Mitchel Wallace Court Officers Academy in Brooklyn was dedicated in their honor. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Court Officers throughout the State of New York continue the tradition of serving the public and ensuring the safety of all those who visit our courthouses every day.