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Immigrant of the Day: Mohammad Salman Hamdani – First Responder
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[This popular feature of my blog has been on a long hiatus as I’ve gotten
sidetracked with other writing projects. However, I’m pleased that my
daughter Eden Siskind, who recently finished her master’s degree work in
refugee studies at the London School of Economics, will be contributing to
the Immigrant of the Day postings. Today is her debut with this timely
contribution. We also generally make Immigrant of the Day about someone who
is living, but we make an exception today.] </p>
This week marked the 18th year since the tragic acts of 9/11. In honor of
all of those who lost their lives, today’s immigrant of the day is Mohammad
Salman Hamdani. Hamdani was a New York City Policeman and Emergency Medical
Technician (EMT). He was one of the first responders at the Twin Towers and
died while trying to assist as an EMT.
Hamdani was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to the United States with
his parents at the early age of 13 months. His mother taught English, and
his father operated a convenience store in Brooklyn. After graduating from
college, he worked as a research technician in the Protein/DNA Technology
Center at Rockefeller University. He was on his way to work at Rockefeller
University the morning of the attacks and saw smoke from the attacks.
Instead of continuing to work, he used his EMT skills and bravery as a
first responder to help those who were first hit in the attack.
In honor of Mohammad’s bravery, the corner of 204th Street and 35th Avenue
in Bayside was renamed “Salman Hamdani Way’.
<p>This post originally appeared on <a href=”http://blog.ilw.com/gregsiskind/2019/09/12/immigrant-of-the-day-mohammad-salman-hamdani-first-responder/” target=”_blank”>Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy</a>. Reprinted with permission.</p>
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<b>Greg Siskind</b> is a partner with Siskind Susser, PC – Immigration Lawyers. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, he received his law degree at the University of Chicago. He created the first immigration law web site in 1994 and the first law blog in 1997. He’s written four books and currently serves on the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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