There were 75 firehouses in which at least one member was killed. The FDNY also lost its department chief, first deputy commissioner, one of its marshals, one of its chaplains, as well as other administrative or specialty personnel.

On September 11, the battalion chief of Battalion 1 witnessed American Airlines Flight 11 crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center and immediately radioed a multiple alarm incident. Over the course of the next three hours, 121 engine companies, 62 ladder companies and 27 fire officers were deployed to the scene.

Of the 2,977 people killed in the September 11 attacks, 414 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center. This included:

  • 341 firefighters and 2 paramedics from the New York City Fire Department
  • 37 police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department
  • 23 police officers from the New York City Police Department
  • 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private hospital units
  • 3 New York State Court Officers


Smiling faces all around as Harwich Fire honors two of their own. Anchoring this picture are Lt. Timothy Jaques (L) and Lt. Michael Mason (R) of the HFD with fellow firefighters Lt. Dan O'Connell, Dennis Fire, and Dan Kimball, Brewster Fire. Kimball and O'Connell were rescued after a training exercise in Brewster went terribly wrong. The incident happened at a Barnstable County Tech Rescue Dive Team at Sheep's Pond.

Lt. Jaques and Lt. Mason were both awarded citations for their exemplary service that day. Lieutenant Mason as dive team leader, was recognized for his command presence where diver Kimball was trapped under water under a vehicle and firefighter O'Connell was struck by the dive truck. Mason took command under a very sudden stressful situation managing all resources and personnel. He completed all of the tasks required of an incident commander.

When the vehicle rolled into the pond Lieutenant Jaques' quick action and knowledge of his profession provided the needed lifesaving assistance to the trapped diver. Jaques was able to locate the diver and pull him far enough to lift his head above the surface. This action allowed Kimball to be able to breath and provided the needed time for his complete extrication from under the dive truck.

LOCK BOX Requirements

The Town of Harwich requires any home or business owner to install a lockbox on any property that has an alarm system that is monitored remotely. This includes medical alert buttons and fire alrm systems. These lockboxes are a safe and secure way to provide the Fire Department a key to the property in case of alarm activation. These lockboxes are opened by a special key that ONLY the fire department carries. These lockboxes are different than the ones distributed by the Harwich Water Department. Contact the HFD for more information at (508) 430-7546.

Click here to download the NEW 2013 Lock Box Form



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