Bronx couple moved to action after 9/11 attacks now making sure victims are not forgotten

Jose and Sonia Agron say they have now dedicated their lives to making sure people remember the fateful day.

News 12 Staff

Sep 8, 2021, 9:36 PM

Updated 982 days ago

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As the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, a married couple from the Bronx who responded following the attacks are remembering how they helped in the aftermath. 
Jose and Sonia Agron say they have now dedicated their lives to making sure people remember the fateful day. 
They say the attacks don’t feel like 20 years ago -- it almost feels like yesterday. 
"The perimeters we had inside the 9/11 area, the debris was so high,” said Jose Agron. He is now retired, but was an NYPD officer at the time. 
He was off on Sept. 11, 2001, but reported to work after seeing what happened on TV. 
Jose and his wife Sonia volunteered for months in the wake of the attacks as recovery workers at St. John’s Respite Center near ground zero. 
Now, both of them suffer from 9/11-related illnesses. 
"For those people that tell us to move on, I'd love to, if you could give me something in a bottle that I could drink every day to move on, I would love to move on,” said Sonia Agron. 
They say they not only deal with physical pain and illness, but also psychological triggers. Over the years, they have found a home at the 9/11 Tribute Museum -- a place where they say they find peace through telling their story to those from around the world on tours. 
"Twenty years ago, 2,977 voices were stolen, but they didn't take mine,” said Sonia Agron. 
Sonia’s voice was recognized by then-President Barack Obama with the president’s Volunteer Service Award in 2016. 
She says she wants people to never forget and to always remember and be kind.


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