Press Release

Statement by President George W. Bush on Bob Beckwith

President George W. Bush and Bob Beckwith
President George W. Bush and Bob Beckwith at Ground Zero, September 14, 2001. White House Photo Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library.

DALLAS, TEXAS – “Laura and I are saddened by the passing of Bob Beckwith. On September 11, 2001, Bob was happily retired after more than 30 years of service with the New York City Fire Department. When the terrorists attacked, Bob suited back up and, like so many brave first responders, raced toward the danger to save and search for others. His courage represented the defiant, resilient spirit of New Yorkers and Americans after 9/11. I was proud to have Bob by my side at Ground Zero days later and privileged to stay in touch with this patriot over the years. Laura and I send our condolences to Barbara and the Beckwith family as they remember this decent, humble man.”