Countless displays of heroism by the NYPD, New York Fire Department and every day Americans were witnessed on the horrific fall morning of 9/11. Now, over 15 years after the attack, a little known story of heroism, this time from a Hollywood celebrity, has emerged.
Award-winning actor and director Steve Buscemi served four years as a firefighter in the 1980s for Engine Co. 55 in Little Italy in downtown Manhattan when he was only 22-years-old.
Although he had been out of firefighting work for several years when terrorists attacked our nation, that didn’t stop him from donning his uniform and rejoining his old firefighting crew at Ground Zero.
The documentary covered the struggles and experiences of firefighters in Engine Co. 55, as well as celebrated how these brave men risk their lives on a daily basis.
“The documentary features interviews with current and former firefighters, and covers major – and often tragic – milestones in the history of the department, including 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012,” the Daily Mail reported via the Wall Street Journal.
Buscemi said it was an honor to return to New York after 9/11.
“It was a privilege to be able to do it. It was great to connect with the firehouse I used to work with and with some of the guys I worked alongside,” Buscemi said about the experience, according to the U.K. Mirror.
Jonathan Lusk of the Brotherhood of Fire posted to Facebook in 2013 about how the actor returned to New York to serve alongside his fellow firefighters and how he didn’t want any recognition for it.
“On September 12, 2001 and for several days following Brother Steve worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters digging and sifting through the rubble from the World Trade Center looking for survivors,” Lusk wrote.
There aren’t many photographs of Buscemi in action because he wasn’t there for show.
“He wasn’t there for the publicity,” the Brotherhood of Fire post continued. “Also not very well known is that in 2012 Brother Buscemi showed up in Breezy Point, NY and quietly assisted in the clean-up efforts of the damage and mass destruction left by Super Storm Sandy.”
The next time you see Buscemi in a film, whether it’s “Reservoir Dogs,” “Fargo,” or “Boardwalk Empire,” remember how he selflessly left his celebrity status behind to help with one of the most tragic events in American history.
Buscemi’s act highlighted a stark contrast with the celebrities who think they are being brave and patriotic by spouting their leftist political beliefs.
Buscemi’s actions on 9/11 over 15 years ago showed what it truly means to be a patriotic American. Let us never forget those who lost their lives that day, including 343 firefighters, and those who put their lives on the line to save countless others.
Sources: Daily Mail and Conservative Tribune