Inspector Richard Daniel Winter

Inspector Richard Daniel Winter

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 25, 2008

Richard Daniel Winter

Inspector Richard Winter died from illnesses caused by inhaling toxic materials while partaking in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Inspector Winter had served with the New York City Police Department for 37 years and was the Commanding Officer of the Fleet Services Division. He is survived by his wife an child.

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.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

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Dick Winter and I meet in bootcamp in 1966. Our relationship started out strained. By by the end of bootcamp we had become good friends. He asked me to be an usher at his wedding. This became a lifelong friendship between our families. We both joined the NYPD and it was obvious to me that he would be a raising star. Everything Dick did in life was to the best of his ability. He taught me how to hang a new door in an old frame, replace a window using a temporary header and installed wall to wall carpeting in my first house. It wasn’t entirely one sided though my trade was plumbing and heating and l was happy to reciprocate. Another thing that most people don’t know is that on 9-11 Dick’s nephew a NYC Fireman was killed at the twin towers bombing.

For me he will always be remembered as one of the most decent hard working people I have ever known. The world is a little better because of him. Those of us who knew him will always keep him in our hearts.


Sgt Jack Holub ret.

March 16, 2018

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