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Sergeant Gerard Thomas Beyrodt | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Gerard Thomas Beyrodt

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 74

Tour: 34 years

Badge # 837

Cause: 9/11 related illness

Incident Date: 9/11/2001

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Offender: 19 suicide attackers

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Sergeant Gerard Beyrodt died as the result of cancer he developed following his exposure to hazardous materials at the World Trade Center site during the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

He had responded to the scene just as the South Tower was struck by the second plane. As he assisted civilians flee the area the South Tower collapsed. The impact knocked Sergeant Beyrodt to the ground and he was caught in the toxic cloud of debris. His leg was run over by a vehicle that was attempting to leave the area. Despite his injuries he remained at the scene and continued to assist injured victims for several hours, refusing to receive medical treatment until being ordered to do so.

He remained hospitalized for several months as a result of his injuries.

Sergeant Beyrodt had served with the NYPD for 34 years. He 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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Dad, My Hero, and now My Guardian Angel. How I miss and love you so. I would give anything to have you back. I miss your smile, laughter, your police stories and generous heart. I'm so proud, honored and blessed to call you my Dad. You were always there for me and made me feel special. I was always and still am your baby. If love could have kept you here you would have stayed forever. Please keep my Dad in your prayers.

Christine Przechodzki
Youngest Daughter
March 23, 2017


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