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Corporal Harvey Snook, III | Arlington County Police Department, Virginia Arlington County Police Department, Virginia


Harvey Snook, III

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 27 years

Badge # 884

Military veteran

Cause: 9/11 related illness

Incident Date: 9/11/2001

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Offender: 19 suicide attackers

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Corporal Harvey Snook passed away on January 14th, 2016, as the result of cancer contracted while working in the recovery efforts at the Pentagon following the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001.

He was working on patrol when he responded to the Pentagon after American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon at 9:38 am. He remained working at the site for the following week collecting evidence and the remains of victims. He was diagnosed with cancer related to the recovery efforts on September 9th, 2014.

Corporal Snook was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Arlington County Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his mother.

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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Dear Harvey:

15 years have come and gone since that horrible day, yet we are still losing our beloved law enforcement officers to the cowardly and despicable acts of that day. Thank you for responding to the Pentagon and involving yourself in rescue, and then recovery acts.

I hope that the gruesome task you and others had, of recovering body parts of the deceased, and ultimately your own death as a result of the contaminated air, remains in the forefront of Americans thoughts FOREVER. I wish that every American would wake up and realize to what extent our law enforcement officers are willing to go to, to save them.

Your selfless acts of courage and commitment cannot ever be allowed to be forgotten. Our profession is one of the most difficult professions, yet we do it, day after day, cognizant of the risks we take. You made those of us here, proud of you. Our badge shines brighter, and our profession stands taller, because of you and the many others who gave everything they had for their fellow Americans.

Rest in peace, we have the watch.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, Retired
Lake Mary Police, Fl.
October 17, 2016


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