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Detective Michael P. Morales | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Michael P. Morales

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 62

Tour: 29 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: 9/11 related illness

Incident Date: 9/11/2001

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Offender: 19 suicide attackers

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Detective Michael Morales 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.

Detective Morales had served with the New York City Police Department for 29 years and was assigned to the 122nd Precinct Detective Squad. Detective Morales had previously served with the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a Purple Heart recipient.

Detective Morales is survived by his wife and four children.

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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To the family and friends of Detective Michael Morales and his fellow officers,

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the loss you suffered when Michael tragically died as a result of his heroism following 9/11. None of our 9/11 heroes will be forgotten.

To Detective Morales' family, my heart goes out to you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and strength in your faith.

I will be riding my bicycle along with several hundred other sworn law enforcement officers from VA to DC May 10th-12th, 2017 with Law Enforcement United (leunited.org) to celebrate the life, memory and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers that have passed as a result of their actions while in the line of duty.

I am requesting anyone who has the ability to contact any members of Det. Morales' family to please pass on my email address ([email protected]) and have them contact me so that I may explain to them how I plan on memorializing and remembering Det. Michael Morales.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Det. Morales gave to his city and the citizens of New York, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on June 10, 2009.

Det. Nicolas T. Houlihan
Chesapeake Police Department, VA
March 14, 2017


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