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Prince William Honors 9/11 First Responders and Takes a Refreshing Run Through Central Park

In a heartfelt tribute to the heroes of 9/11, Prince William visited firefighters from the pioneering New York fire station that was first to respond on that fateful day. He emphasized the importance of discussing mental health, ensuring that emotional challenges aren’t suppressed to manifest later.

Following his engagement at the Earthshot Innovation Summit, the Prince took a rejuvenating run around Central Park. He humorously commented on how he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join New Yorkers in their iconic morning routine.

During his visit to the Ten House Fire Station, he inquired about the firefighters’ perspectives on mental health and the potential stigma surrounding it. William’s passion for supporting the well-being of emergency responders stems from his service as an East Anglian air ambulance member from 2015 to 2017 and his tenure as an RAF search and rescue pilot.

While at the summit, he reminisced, “It’s wonderful waking up in New York on a sunny morning… beautiful getting some fresh air this morning.”

Prince Willam visit FDNY Ten House station
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The prince’s visit also included a poignant moment at the 9/11 Memorial Wall. He learned about the devastation Ten House faced during the attack, which took the lives of six team members. Inside, William viewed the station’s personal 9/11 memorial and examined a vast array of badges representing fire stations from various US states.

Discussing strategies to address mental health in emergency workers, Prince William shared the effectiveness of a text service as an immediate emotional support tool.

The aftermath of 9/11 catalyzed a change in the firefighting community, destigmatizing the need for mental health resources. As he wrapped up his visit, William connected with the public outside the station, taking selfies and engaging in warm conversations. A spectator noted this as the quintessential behavior of the prince, highlighting his genuine affinity for public interactions.

The Earthshot Innovation Summit also announced 15 finalists, representing six continents, vying for the coveted Earthshot Prize awards. These frontrunners were chosen from over a thousand nominees, all dedicated to addressing pressing climate challenges.

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