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Senior Court Officer Thomas Jurgens | New York State Office of Court Administration, New York New York State Office of Court Administration, New York

Senior Court Officer

Thomas Jurgens

New York State Office of Court Administration, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 2452

Military veteran

Cause: Terrorist attack

Incident Date: 9/11/2001

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Suspect: 19 suicide attackers

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Court Officer Thomas Jurgens was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

Officer Jurgens' remains were located in March 2002. He had been employed with the New York State Office of Court Administration for three years and he had previously served as a medic with the United States Army.

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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Tommy,
It may seem odd to some addressing you in the first person but I am of the deepest belief that the spirit - the almighty spirit - lives on forever and when ones name is spoken, they never die.
My daughters Rachel and Katie ask about you every year around this time and we find comfort in relation to someone that unconditionally helped those in need - full of pride, remembrance and thanks to you and the other brave souls that averted an even greater loss that fateful day. Thank you for your service, commitment and act of valor Tommy - may your name be spoken now and forever.

Michael P Sturm
Cousin Mike from Denver
September 11, 2014

 

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