SDPOA Frustrated At New York Officials

Local police officers frustrated first responders were snubbed from 9/11 memorial service

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011  |  Updated 2:50 PM PDT
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SDPOA Frustrated At New York Officials

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A United States flag waves over ground zero during a 9/11 memorial ceremony.

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San Diego Police Officers Association members are upset about the exclusion of first responders at the September 11 memorial ceremony.

It was announced Monday by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the 10-year anniversary to September 11 at ground zero will be held exclusively for family members and local public officials.

SDPOA President Brian Marvel tweeted his frustration about the apparent snub yesterday. He said office members threw their hands up in disbelief when they heard the news.

“It’s not a good feeling,” he said. “It makes no sense.”

Marvel is shocked event organizers are more concerned about inviting public officials than those who were helping the victims of a terrorist attack.

“I think the people who should be at the front of the line are public safety,” he said. “In the grand scheme of things, public officials are more concerned about electing themselves.”

The SDPOA works to help first responders, such as police officers, so the exclusion felt particularly hurtful to the organization. Marvel said even though 9/11 happened in New York, the entire nation felt the repercussions.


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