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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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Hey Tommy. I miss ya cuz.. i just got done listening to your name on tv and yeah i broke down crying.. i think about you often and matter of fact i know that was you that woke me up at 4 in the morning today.. i dream about you every once in a while and i wake up in the morning remembering everything in the dream. last dream i had of you, it was me, you and your brother joey. we were kids again and we were on the beach playing king of the mountain on one of the dunes.. hahahah remember that we would climb up than tackle each other and throw each other down eating sand the whole way hahaha those were the days when we didnt have to worry about nanything in the world except hanging out collecting baseball cards and taking the subways to yankee stadium.. then we grew up. remember the time i drove up to grandpas house with a couple of my friends and we drank 40oz crazy horses..ugghhhh yeah then we went to then club tim hickeys and on the way you drove my car and i lowered my window and i puked my brains out... yeah puking rally!!!! i still made it in the club anmd we did soo many more shots that i puked again lol..... how bout the time when we had the original nintendo and played super mario bros till we beat it at 3 a.m....... and we discovered how to get the infinate amount of lives on world 3.. wow still remember how to do it too!! your brother is doing good. he is in his 3rd year in ladder1 FDNY.. he allready has made hero of the month in the daily news for saving a lady and bringing her down the ladder.. you were his inspiration for becoming a fireman.. wow i miss ya tommy.. what you did was so brave of you that day.. you actually ran into a building that a plane had hit not knowing what was going on to rescue people you didnt know.. i couldnt imagine being there honestly.. seing it on tv was horrifying enough but you were there in the chaos and you didnt even flinch.. my little girl is 4 years old on the 23rd of this month and i always tell her about you. you will live on in the forever as the bravest most heroic family member for eternity.. no one could duplicate what you did..that was you, you lived for helping people no matter what the cost. and you did pay the ultimate price. i was very angry the first couple of days but then relized and knew if you wernt there to help you would kick yourself in the ass every day saying i shouldve been there i shouldve been there..one of the memorials that i went to for you your captain said to you "Tommy!! dont go back in there its not safe" and you turned around and told him "Sorry Cap they need my help" and you went back in and then the tower collapsed... your captain told us you went in and out 3 times bringing people back and forth..You are the MAN!!!i cant imagine in all my brain power to think what that sounded like. im just glad you wernt in pain..wow you are my hero!! the whole family is proud of you!! we will meet again one day tommy!! take care and keep watching over jennas shoulder. You are her angel in the sky!! love ya cuz~~~~~Rob Andrade...written 9-11-07

Rob Andrade
cousin
March 16, 2013

 

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