11 Days of Heroes to September 11th: Arthur E. Imperatore

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On September 11th, Arthur E. Imperatore’s ferry fleet that he founded in 1986, New York Waterway, were repurposed in the domestic boatlift that delivered evacuees from Manhattan to New Jersey, Staten Island, and elsewhere. Over 400,000 civilians are estimated to have benefited from the rescue operation. In the aftermath, his fleet continued providing vital ferry service across New York harbor to transport supplies, food, and emergency workers to Ground Zero. It would sometimes shuttle bereaved family members from Pier 94 downtown to pay their respects. Previously, the boats provided rush-hour service continually for office workers fleeing during the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Arthur E. Impaeratore died on November 18th, 2020.

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