Ali Taqi – 9/11 First Responder

Ali Taqi, DO, FACOEP is a volunteer firefighter for the city of Troy and an emergency room physician in a local area hospital, and was born and raised in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan Ann Arbor for his undergraduate education, and received his medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. He then completed his residency program in Emergency Medicine at POH Medical Center in Pontiac, Michigan and went on to earn the status of fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP). Dr. Taqi is currently a board certified ER physician who works primarily at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac and Providence Hospitals in Southfield and Novi. When he’s not in the Emergency Room, Dr. Taqi has served as a volunteer firefighter for the Troy Fire Department since 1997. He is also a medical team manager for Michigan Task Force One (MITF1) and the EMS coordinator for the St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.


“We saw a lot, we did a lot. That event shaped my life to come and motivated me to go to medical school and become a doctor.”

Dr. Taqi feels that his life-changing experience of being a 9/11 first responder played a pivotal role in shaping his career path. “My most vivid memory by far is serving my community during September 11th,” he said. Serving along with eight other fellow firefighters from Troy and Bloomfield Hills in rescue relief work at Ground Zero was an eye-opening experience that he will remember for a lifetime. “We saw a lot, we did a lot. That event shaped my life to come and motivated me to go to medical school and become a doctor,” Dr. Taqi said. “Serving the community is the best way. And as Muslims we just want to show everybody that we are involved in the community and make a difference,” he said.
Ali Taqi - Muslim American and 9/11 First Responder

Dr. Taqi, like many American citizens, has always felt motivated to do whatever he can to be of service to his community. With the full support of his wife, Amena and two sons, Kazim (3) and Zain (2), he has had the opportunity to fulfill his dreams of pursuing two very rewarding careers. He participated in this campaign because it defines Muslims for the positive contributions that we give to American society. As we all reflect upon the ten year anniversary of 9/11, it is important for our fellow Americans to know that 9/11 was not only an attack against all of us but that Muslims were among the first responders at Ground Zero.