Chinese American Hero: Zhe Zack Zeng

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Name in English: Zhe Zack Zeng
Name in Chinese: 曾哲
Gender: Male Zēng Zhé
Date and Place of Birth: 1972 – 2001
Native Province in English: GuangDong, China
Profession: EMT Specialist, Assistant treasurer,Depository Receipts Division, Bank of New York
Education: University of Rochester, BA, MBA, 1998
Awards: A street in New York’s Chinatown was renamed “Zhe Zack Zeng Way” on September 11, 2004 in honor of Zack Zeng, a Chinese American who sacrificed his life rescuing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack in New York City. A space was also dedicated at his alma mater in James S. Gleason Hall at William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester in memory of Zack and also Mr. Jeffrey R. Smith, another graduate of the school who died at the World Trade Center.
Contribution(s): On Sept. 11, 2001, Muslim Extremists plunged commercial jet airliners into the Twin Towers turning the structures into towering infernos. Zack Zeng was at the scene, walking to work, and instead of fleeing for his personal safety, he bravely risked his life by assisting firefighters who were rescuing many injured victims. His heroic rescue efforts were captured on Fox 5 TV cameras until his one last trip into the collapsing buildings. Several months later, the New York police informed Zeng’s mother that part of her son’s remains had been recovered from the ruins and identified through a DNA test. Even though Zack was a first generation immigrant, he was the epitome of a loyal and very courageous American Hero.

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