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NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel Remarks National Coalition of Firefighter Credit Unions Summit

NCUA Board Member Michael Fryzel Remarks National Coalition of Firefighters Credit Unions Summit.  New Orleans, LA,  October 10, 2011

Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to your annual conference here in New Orleans. It is a pleasure to speak to you this morning.

Within the last month the nation has seen again the images of September 11, 2001, and especially of the firefighters. Some rushing to the stricken Twin Towers in New York City, some working amid the rubble after the buildings collapsed searching for survivors, and some tragically being carried out of the twisted wreckage on basket stretchers covered by American flags. Those who raced into the Twin Towers to save others will never be forgotten. As they knew they might one day, they gave their lives in the line of duty. Nor will we ever forget the firefighters who worked for weeks amid the terrible wreckage. Many Americans before 9/11 did not give a lot of thought to firefighters and first-responders. Fire stations were something they drove by that flew the American flag out front. They never saw the people behind the walls and windows. But on 9/11 and the days that followed, they did. They saw men and women with extraordinary bravery and valor. They saw men and women who understood brotherhood and community and had the ability to get things done. Wall Street traders and brokers shut down for a week; firefighters worked day and night searching for and finding survivors...