This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day when two planes that had been hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, one plane struck the Pentagon, and another crashed in a field in Pennsylvania as a planned attack was thwarted. Following the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers, the massive recovery effort involving the removal of 1.8 million tons of concrete and rubble began.
Parker was swift to respond in the tragedy’s aftermath presenting an offer to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management to lend a hand at ground zero by providing on-site, HOSE DOCTOR® repair services and technical expertise to maintain the heavy equipment used to clear and sort through the rubble. It was decided that Parker’s services would be best employed at the Fresh Kills Landfill investigation site where all the debris was being sorted. As each load was delivered to the Fresh Kills Landfill investigation site on Staten Island, the task took a heavy toll on both the workers receiving and processing debris and the equipment used to move it.
Parker donated hoses, connectors, filters and pumps; aboard a fully stocked and staffed HOSE DOCTOR van and trailer at the Fresh Kills Landfill investigation site on Staten Island. In partnership with our local distributor, Progressive Hydraulics, more than 60 volunteers repaired approximately 250 hose assemblies over the course of about eight months.
Volunteers staffed the HOSE DOCTOR trailer for a week at a time, providing 24 hour service to assist the New York Department of Sanitation, Police and Fire Departments, and the FBI.
In addition to letters of thanks to Parker from Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Pataki, and Rudolph Giuliani; a hand-written letter was sent by Harry Auletti, who worked on the maintenance staff of the New York Department of Sanitation.
“After the tragedy of September 11th, other companies came because it was fashionable. Parker came without fanfare and stayed the course. As a New Yorker, I thank you…”
Harry Auletti, maintenance staff, New York Department of Sanitation
The Parker Foundation also donated $200,000 to agencies assisting the victims. Half of the Parker donation was funneled directly to the New York Police & Fire Widows & Children’s Benefit Fund.
Parker was given a piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center as a token of thanks from the New York Department of Sanitation. It is on-display at global headquarters.
The plaque reads
September 11, 2021 Memorial
This piece of steel beam is from the World Trade Center, which collapsed after terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It was given to Parker by the New York Department of Sanitation as a token of thanks for our assistance in the recovery efforts and was placed here as a remembrance to those who lost their lives.
Parker Hose Doctor technical expertise and products were donated to the City of New York, repairing more than 250 hose assemblies over the course of about a year on the heavy equipment used to sort through the rubble at the Fresh Kills Landfill investigation site on Staten Island.
As we watch and read of the tributes to the 9/11 tragedy, we can find solace in the contributions made by our company and all the people who stepped up to lend a hand in the recovery effort.
Article contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker Hannifin.
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