A memorial wall bearing the names of members who lost their lives while serving in the line of duty within the Traffic Control Division was dedicated on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at the Traffic Control Division Headquarter building located at 138 West 30th Street, Manhattan, New York.
Date of Death Rank Name Shield Assignment
September 11, 2001 Sgt.. Timothy A. Roy 2926 Bus Unit
January 31, 1968 Ptl. Stephen Dell'Aquila 25523 Safety Unit B
November 22, 1947 Ptl. William C. Panczyk 13123 Traffic I
August 25, 1946 Ptl. Michael Zawoluk 14286 Traffic K
March 1, 1945 Ptl. Albert S. Black 745 Traffic F
March 27, 1944 Ptl. Arthur P. Eggers 1109 Traffic C
January 5, 1944 Ptl. Patrick J. Malone 5229 Traffic I
July 27, 1942 Ptl. Michael J. Keane 3753 Traffic A
June 22, 1942 Ptl. Joseph W. Swoboda 3771 Traffic C
August 22, 1941 Ptl. Harold J. King 16722 Traffic B
January 14, 1941 Ptl. Edward F. Maher 8953 Traffic D
December 20, 1936 Ptl. James Smith 6531 Traffic C
December 25, 1935 Ptl. Joseph P. Reiner 6724 Traffic H
December 13, 1933 Ptl. Louis G. Weindieck 7712 Traffic B
April 15, 1932 Ptl. James A. Morrissey 15268 Traffic F
December 24, 1930 Ptl. James F. McMahon 11249 Traffic F
November 15, 1930 Ptl. William T. Vorden 8448 Traffic C
October 3, 1929 Ptl. William J. McCaffrey 2151 Traffic A
November 5, 1928 Ptl. Henry C. Behnstedt 595 Traffic G
February 28, 1928 Ptl. John L. Hubbard 10629 Traffic A
February 12, 1928 Ptl. Patrick Fahey 2921 Traffic C
July 14, 1922 Ptl. Frank S. Mondo 4589 Motorcycle Sqd. 2

 

9/12/09 Inspector Donald Feser, Commanding Officer Manhattan Traffic Task Force

Inspector Donald Feser died from illnesses he contracted while inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Inspector Feser had responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and commanded a unit that was instrumental in helping emergency vehicles pass and civilians escape. He was nearly killed when his vehicle was crushed as one of the towers fell. Following the attack, Inspector Feser spent many hours at the Ground Zero site as part of the rescue effort.

Inspector Feser had served with the New York City Police Department for 37 years and was the Commanding Officer of the Manhattan Traffic Task Force.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed two of four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. After the impact of the first plane, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the first tower unexpectedly collapsed due as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The second tower collapsed a short time later. 71 law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill, and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was hiding. During the raid, they shot and killed bin Laden.


 

 





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