9/11 ‘Survivor Tree’ Planted on 19th Anniversary of Attacks

Sheriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. helps plant the Survivor Tree on Friday. Courtesy of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office

On the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office honored those who lost their lives by planting a 9/11 Survivor Tree.

Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. planted a Callery pear tree, which became known as the Survivor Tree, on the grounds in Riverside.

“Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities so they can nurture them for future generations as a symbol of survival and the triumph over tragedy,” the sheriff’s office said, after being selected this year.

The Survivor Tree. Courtesy of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office

Current and retired members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office who responded to the recovery effort after 9/11 were also present for the ceremony. While the public was not able to be there, due to COVID-19, the ceremony was streamed on Facebook Live.

Following the ceremony, the Sheriff’s Office debuted a video compilation of interviews with its staff who went to Ground Zero following the World Trade Center attacks to assist with the recovery effort. The video may be seen on the Sheriff’s website at suffolksheriff.com.

“People may not realize how many deputy sheriffs and correction officers worked down at Ground Zero, and other members volunteered or worked there as first responders representing other agencies.  I wanted them to have this living memorial on the Sheriff’s Office grounds as a tribute to their work,” Toulon said.

The video can also be viewed here.

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