Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of April 26, 2010

Kenneth Concepcion

Chief of U.S. Flag Deepdraft Vessels and Plan Review for the Coast Guard

Kenneth Concepcion served as Chief of U.S. Flag Deepdraft Vessels and Plan Review for the Coast Guard at the time of the September 11 attacks.  On that fateful morning, Kenneth was the first Coast Guard employee on the scene, arriving at New York’s Pier Eleven just twenty minutes after the collapse of the second tower.  What he found there was disorder and masses of frightened people with no way to get home.  Kenneth took charge and recruited NYPD officers and Transportation Department officials to help him organize the crowds into lines based on intended destination.  He assumed control of all the vessels at the pier and prioritized the safe evacuation of first-responders who had been injured in the attacks.  Thanks to Kenneth’s leadership and steady hand, the Coast Guard was able to evacuate 70,000 people from Lower Manhattan that morning to points across the Hudson River. 

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Kenneth Concepcion HERE

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