Director of Public Safety Fred V. Morrone

Director of Public Safety Fred V. Morrone

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

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Fred V. Morrone

Director Fred Morrone was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

He had risen through the ranks of the New Jersey State Police before becoming Director of Public Safety for the Port Authority Police.

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.

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


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Incident Details

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

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Dear Fred:

15 years! WOW. I wrote to you years ago, to tell you that I have a bracelet with your name on it, in your memory. And because of that bracelet, I feel a connection between us, now and forever.

Fred, thank you again, for the sacrifice you and so many other of America's Finest gave that horrible day. Your sacrifice SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO BE FORGOTTEN, SO HELP ME GOD.

Rest in peace my brother, because your actions and that of our heroes, permitted 25,000 of our fellow countrymen to go home and continue to live the American dream. The same dream our Founding Fathers gave us 240 years ago: "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".

To your family, your loss and sacrifice will ALWAYS be honored as well.

Those who refuse to stand at a sporting event during the playing of the National Anthem because of your resentment to Police Officers, I say this:

You have that right to be disrespectful because of sacrifices such as Fred's. So if you just can't stand because of your feelings about police, come visit the Fallen Officer's Memorial in Washington. And if you still just can't stand for the National Anthem, how about standing for TAPS?

And those enemies of this great country who have felt the might and wrath of the USA, "We've Only Just Begun".

Rest in peace, Fred. We have the watch.

God Bless you, your family, and God Bless the United States of America.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, Retired
Lake Mary Po;lice, Fl.

September 11, 2016

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