Captain Kathy Mazza

Captain Kathy Mazza

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Kathy Mazza

Captain Kathy Mazza was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

She was leading a group of people down stairs when the building started to collapse. Using her 9mm sidearm, Captain Mazza shot out glass walls, enabling many to escape. Captain Mazza was the first female commander of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.

On the morning of September 11th, 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 four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, 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 South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one 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 on 9/11.

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 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 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 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

Please click here to visit the memorials of all of the law enforcement officers killed in this terrorist attack.

Bio

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Incident Details

  • Cause Terrorist attack
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

Most Recent Reflection

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Thank you for your parcel of time. Kathy N. Mazza was my girlfriend and colleague. We met as cardiothoracic nurses. We trusted one another completely. She drove a fast Mustang. We together had alot of fun. Kathy entered the police force about a year into our friendship. She married the love of her life. I was so happy to attend their wedding. The newlyweds moved to Farmingdale ~ my home town. Her life saving actions are who she is as a human being. She acted selflessly in our operating room suite as well. Her loyalty to our friendship was a saving grace to me. I miss my friend. I love Kathy Mazza.

Stephanie Rosati, RN, BSN
St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center

August 7, 2018

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