Rudy Giuliani Urban Legend

"Rudy has used the horrible events of September 11 to create a persona that is an elaborate fabrication," says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. "He is nothing more than a shameless self-promoter."


Ground Zero, November 2001: Fire fighters, officers and families rally against Giuliani's decision in to stop a dignified recovery of the victims of 9/11.
Photo by Stuart Ramson/Associated Press.

 IAFF Letter Regarding Rudy Giuliani

"What Giuliani showed following 9/11 is a disgraceful lack of respect for the fallen and those brothers still searching for them. He valued the money and gold and wanted the [World Trade Center] site cleared before he left office at the end of 2001 more than he valued the lives and memories of those lost." 

-- IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger

Media Coverage of IAFF Letter on Rudy Giuliani

Firemen douse Rudy’s image as 9/11 hero (The Sunday Times)
Rudy A No-Show At Firefighters Conference (CBS News)
Firemen desert Giuliani over 9/11 search (The Telegraph News)
Firefighters Group in Rift With Giuliani (New York Times)
How to Swift-boat Rudy Giuliani (
Forum Flap Highlights Firefighters Union Rift With Giuliani (Congressional Quarterly)
Firefighters’ unsent letter blasts Rudy (The Hill Newspaper)


Rudy Giuliani in the Media

Presidential Campaign News

Debunking Rudy's 9/11 Persona

The Real Rudy


Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend

IAFF Video -
Rudy Giuliani:
Urban Legend

"The Urban Legend of ‘America’s Mayor’ needs to be balanced by the truth."

Deputy Chief Jim Riches

Deputy Chief Jim Riches, FDNY

"He's not the hero of 9/11."

Rosaleen Tallon

Rosaleen Tallon, sister of Sean Patrick Tallon, Ladder 10, FDNY

"He didn't do what was needed."

Al Regenhard

Al Regenhard, Detective Sergeant, NYPD (ret.)

"Giuliani told the 9/11 Commission that some fire fighters got killed because they ignored the order to evacuate. That's despicable." 

Alexander Santora

Alexander Santora, Chief of Safety, FDNY (ret.)

"Put the onus where it belongs...[he] hasn't done that."

Steve Cassidy

Steve Cassidy, President UFA Local 94, FDNY

"We could never, never support Rudy Giuliani for president."

Jack McDonnell

Jack McDonnell, President, UFOA Local 854, FDNY

"Effective leadership never existed."

Eddie Brown

Eddie Brown, Trustee, UFA Local 94, FDNY

"It makes me upset to hear him called a hero."

Peter Gorman

Pete Gorman, Former President, UFOA Local 854, FDNY

"Rudy Giuliani is no friend of fire fighters."

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