Muslim-American 9/11 First Responder Overlooked by Memorial

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

For his bravery on 9/11, first-responder Mohammad Salman Hamdani was cited in the Patriot Act as an example of Muslim-American valor. After the body of the 23-year-old police cadet was found in the wreckage of the north tower, the New York City Police Department declared him a hero and buried him with full honors. But visitors to the September 11th Memorial in lower Manhattan will not find his name among the list of first-responders. Instead, Hamdani's name appears in a section of the memorial for people who only had a lose connection to the tragic events of that day.

Talat Hamdani, Mohammad Salman Hamdani's mother, believes her son's name was excluded from the first-responder section of the memorial because of his Muslim faith and Pakistani heritage.

Guests:

Talat Hamdani

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

Debra solomon from Downtown NYC

This is a shocking story who can we write to make sure this brave man who gave the ultimate sacrifice
to help others is appropriately honored?

The statement that Mohammad Salman Hamdani was only a "student" is patently false... The training of police and firement helps them overcome their own survival intstint in the duties they must perform the public good comes first- Hence they chase armed criminals and enter burning buildings... This makes Mohammad Salman Hamdani actions that much more meaningful. He was clearly not a "student " as he was ready to perform as a professional policeman and clearly acted as a first responder on 9/11.

As a downtown resident I stood and watched the towers burn from Chambers street ... The terror of what was unfolding 5 blocks further downtown at the WTC made crossing the street in the direction of the towers unthinkable for anyone who survival instinct drove them rather than the drive to help others...I am totally baffled by anyone who would deny Talat Hamdani the peace in her heart to see her son honored appropriately.

Jan. 04 2012 09:51 AM
Patrice Showers Corneli from Salt Lake City

Of course Talat Hamdani's son, Salman should be recognized on the list of first responders. He was a first responder.

I very much admire Ms Hamdani's courage to persist in her fight for justice. what can we do to help her?

Jan. 04 2012 08:02 AM
Jo Ann Vincent from Fair Haven NJ

Salman Hamdani risked his life to help save others. He was a first responder, and SHOULD be Respected by having his name on the public list of First Responders. I am troubled that his mother is being given a run aroundon this by our officials.

Jan. 04 2012 08:01 AM

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