Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tors Hon­ored at Ground Zero Cer­e­mony

On Novem­ber 15, 2002 a cer­e­mony was held onboard the din­ner cruise ship, Mys­tique, in the waters of the East River with New York City’s sur­real sky­line illu­mi­nated in the back­ground. The cer­e­mony included an emo­tional trib­ute to the police offi­cers, fire­fight­ers and other rescue/​relief work­ers who con­tributed to the effort on 911 and the fol­low­ing months, and the the chi­ro­prac­tors who assisted them around the clock for months after 911.

The mov­ing cer­e­mony car­ried hun­dreds of chi­ro­prac­tors under the Brook­lyn Bridge and around to a spot in the Hud­son River just off­shore of the Ground Zero site where the boat stopped and there was a moment of silence, fol­lowed by bag­pipers play­ing Amaz­ing Grace. Sergeant David Wadler of the New York City Police Depart­ment read an emo­tional let­ter writ­ten by Ray­mond W. Kelly, Com­mis­sioner of the New York Police Depart­ment. The text of the let­ter read as fol­lows, “On behalf of the New York City Police Depart­ment, I want to express my deep­est thanks and grat­i­tude to the New York Chi­ro­prac­tic Coun­cil and its mem­bers for all the assis­tance you ren­dered dur­ing the recov­ery efforts at Ground Zero. In the wake of the Sep­tem­ber 11th attack on the World Trade cen­tre, most of the public’s atten­tion was focused on the valiant efforts of police offi­cers, fire­fight­ers and other res­cue work­ers who responded so hero­ically. But what was not so obvi­ous to the pub­lic at large were the coura­geous efforts of those who vol­un­teered their time and med­ical exper­tise to assist in the recov­ery . Over the course of eight months, close to two mil­lion tons of debris were removed from Ground Zero. The chi­ro­prac­tors played an impor­tant role in this incred­i­ble feat. Your pro­fes­sional treat­ment of thou­sands of res­cue work­ers helped all who were involved in the recov­ery efforts to per­se­vere. You are among the many quiet heroes of Sep­tem­ber 11th whose con­tri­bu­tions will not be forgotten.”

Rudolph W. Giu­liani, the Mayor of New York at the time of the 911 tragedy also sent a let­ter that was read at the event. In his let­ter he said, “As you gather today to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tions of the count­less chi­ro­prac­tors who vol­un­teered their time and hard work to the res­cue effort at Ground Zero, I would like to offer my con­grat­u­la­tions and sin­cere thanks. Last year’s coor­di­nated efforts at the World Trade cen­tre site not only helped the res­cue and clean up crews, but boosted the morale of New York City .The out­pour­ing of vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers proved that New York was far from beaten. In fact, the tragedy brought us closer together and made us stronger. Thank you for your deter­mi­na­tion and tire­less devotion.”

The event was hosted by the New York Chi­ro­prac­tic Coun­cil and kicked off their 13th Annual Con­ven­tion. The Coun­cil paid trib­ute to the res­cue work­ers and the hun­dreds of doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic who came from across the nation to serve at three respite sites set up by the Red Cross. Within min­utes after the hor­rific events of Sept. 11, 2001, Doc­tors of Chi­ro­prac­tic were on the scene to pro­vide sorely needed chi­ro­prac­tic care to relief work­ers and vol­un­teers who worked 12 (or more) hour shifts for weeks and months on end. Chi­ro­prac­tic care was present at both the Red Cross respite sites and St. Paul’s Chapel 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the end of May 2002.

Ran­dom Article

A story reported in the March 11, 2002 issue of the Amer­i­can Med­ical News is shak­ing the Med­ical pro­fes­sion to its core. The story

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