Inspector Donald G. Feser

Inspector Donald G. Feser

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Donald G. Feser

Inspector Donald Feser died from illnesses he contracted while inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Inspector Feser had responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and commanded a unit that was instrumental in helping emergency vehicles pass and civilians escape. He was nearly killed when his vehicle was crushed as one of the towers fell. Following the attack, Inspector Feser spent many hours at the Ground Zero site as part of the rescue effort.

Inspector Feser had served with the New York City Police Department for 37 years and was the Commanding Officer of the Manhattan Traffic Task Force.

The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

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-two 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 on 9/11.

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 who have died as a result of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.


  • Age 67
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender Not available

9/11, terrorism

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Lieber Donald, leider habe ich Sie nie kennenlernen können. Aber ich kenne das uralte Haus in Deutschland aus dem Ihre Vorfahren stammen. Gestern waren Ihre Angehörigen bei uns in Deutschland und haben sich die "alte Heimat" angesehen. Ich habe ein Bild von Donald Feser in der alten Schreinerei ausgestellt. Es soll uns daran erinnern, dass wir alle auf der gleichen Erde leben, wenn auch in großer Entfernung zueinander. Alles hängt mit Allem zusammen. Ruhe in Frieden. Vielleicht treffen wir uns ja in der anderen Sphäre. Ingrid aus Deutschland

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