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Detective Edwin Ortiz | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Edwin Ortiz

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, July 4, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: 9/11 related illness

Incident Date: 9/11/2001

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Offender: 19 suicide attackers

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Detective Edwin Ortiz died from illnesses he contracted from inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Detective Ortiz served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years and retired in 2005, shortly before falling ill from his exposure to toxins. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Detective Ortiz was assigned to the 40th Precinct Detective Squad.

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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As the 15th anniversary nears, i can't help but to remember how you rushed in to help. you never complained about it, quite to the contrary, you were honored to give of yourself on that day and all the other days you spent toiling through that rubble. i miss you babe, i wish you here every day. your memory lives in all those that remember you. Today i received a call from Reggie, he called to tell me he could not get you out of his mind. That even after all these years, he continued to look for me just to say how sorry he was to hear of your passing. Even after all these years Eddie, you are remembered as a caring, dedicated loving father and friend. I miss you babe, to the moon and back infinity times, i will always love you! please continue to guide, heal and protect us all. Rest with the Lord my beloved until we meet again!

Ret. Det. Daisy Ortiz
NYPD wife
August 17, 2016


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