Steve Buscemi, better known for his iconic indie film roles, and work friendship with Adam Sandler, is being deemed a hero as we reach the 15 year anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks.
In 1976, the actor took the FDNY civil service test at just 18 years old, and was a New York City firefighter from 1980 to 1984, before infiltrating the entertainment industry in 1986.
Steve Buscemi: Hero Fireman pic.twitter.com/W758sAXh61
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On September 12th 2001, just one day after the disturbing hijacking that killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others, Buscemi showed up at his old firehouse in New York City to volunteer and help out his former colleagues. The comedic actor, along with 343 firefighters from 75 firehouses around the city, worked twelve-hour shifts for a week straight, spending all day digging through the wreckage, searching for missing firefighters amongst the debris.
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The news of Buscemi’s heroic performance remained low key, as the actor declined the majority of photographs and interviews that were requested, wanting no publicity. In fact, it wasn’t until years later, in September 2013, that a post on the Brotherhood of Fire Facebook page enlightened the world with the actor’s good deed. The post read:
With all the tragic memories that resurface around the painful anniversary, it’s important to remember the inspirational and selfless acts of courage, that helped give the city a glimmer of hope, during such a devastating time.
Yesterday, US fireman entered a Tennessee gym, in full uniform, to honour his “fallen brothers and sisters”. The local firefighter hopped on to the stair-master, and climbed 110 sets of stairs, at 6AM.
According to reports, 343 firefighters died in the September 11 attacks while rescuing people hurt and trapped in the towers. Many of the 9-11 first responders have since been diagnosed with illnesses in the years following the event, due to the toxins and smoke that they were exposed to at Ground Zero.
15 years later, and the world is still recovering from the horrific tragedy. Never forget.