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Police Officer Vincent Danz | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Vincent Danz

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 2166

Cause: Terrorist attack

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Offender: 19 suicide attackers

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Officer Vincent (Vinney) Danz was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

Officer Danz had been employed with the New York City Police Department for 14 years, and is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son. He was also an active member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve and had previously served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. He was assigned to ESU Truck 3.

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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My thoughts drift back to 1999 when the members of NYPD's ESU hung out with three of us from the Miami-Dade Police SRT. Two years later our hearts would be broken by the events of 9/11. However, our spirit would be strengthened by the heroic deeds of those men like yourself, whose actions saved the lives of so many. Semper Fi. We at Miami-Dade will never forget our Brothers in blue from NYC.

(Retired/SRT) Police Officer Greg Kral
Miami-Dade Police Department, FL
September 11, 2015


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