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Press Release - Open Letter from Retired FDNY Lee Ielpi

March 08, 2007

To America's Firefighters:

No American will ever forget the terrorist attacks of September 11th. As a firefighter, I know the courage and sacrifice the firefighters and first responders showed that day to rescue our friends and loved ones. I also greatly respect the leadership by our public officials. One of those people was Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

There is no one who respects firefighters and first responders more than Rudy Giuliani. That's why I was deeply disappointed and disheartened to learn of the recent partisan political activities by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF).

Those of us who have worked with him know that Rudy Giuliani has always been a steadfast and unrelenting supporter of firefighters and first responders. The IAFF's accusations in its "draft letter," which made its way into the hands of the media, flies in the face of the facts. It is offensive and inaccurate.

Firefighters have no greater friend and supporter than Rudy Giuliani and I am proud to join thousands of firefighters across the country in supporting him.


Lee Ielpi

FDNY, Retired

Rudy Giuliani, Press Release - Open Letter from Retired FDNY Lee Ielpi Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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