New York City, September 20, 2023
Prince William concluded his whirlwind tour of New York City today with an unexpected visit to a local firehouse. The Duke of Cambridge, on his first official visit to the city, had a busy itinerary, which included meetings with city officials, philanthropic endeavors, and a special tribute to the victims of 9/11. However, he found time for a heartfelt gesture of gratitude to the city’s first responders.
In a touching and unannounced move, Prince William made his way to the Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 firehouse in Midtown Manhattan, where he expressed his deep appreciation for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and the courageous firefighters who serve the city.
The firehouse, which was one of the first responders on the scene during the tragic events of September 11, 2001, holds a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers. Prince William, wearing a suit and a black FDNY baseball cap, was warmly welcomed by firefighters who shared stories of their service and experiences.
“It’s an honor to have Prince William visit our firehouse,” said FDNY Captain Michael Johnson. “We remember the support and solidarity the world showed us after 9/11, and his visit is a testament to the lasting bond between the United Kingdom and the United States.”
During his visit, Prince William met with firefighters, shook hands, and posed for photos, demonstrating his genuine admiration for their dedication to public safety. He also had the chance to learn about the FDNY’s extensive training and equipment, including their advanced fire trucks and gear used to respond to various emergencies in the city.
In a brief speech to the firefighters and first responders, Prince William said, “I wanted to come here to express my gratitude and admiration for the bravery and resilience of the FDNY. The selfless work you do day in and day out, putting your lives on the line to protect this city, is truly remarkable.”
As a token of his appreciation, Prince William presented a plaque bearing the royal seal to the firehouse. The plaque will be displayed prominently, alongside other symbols of remembrance, within the firehouse.
The surprise visit was a heartfelt way for Prince William to conclude his New York City trip, which also included a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where he paid his respects to the victims of the terrorist attacks and met with survivors and their families.
Prince William’s visit to the FDNY firehouse serves as a reminder of the enduring bond between the United Kingdom and the United States and the appreciation for the brave men and women who protect and serve the citizens of New York City every day.