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Police Officer Anthony Maggiore | Yonkers Police Department, New York Yonkers Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Anthony Maggiore

Yonkers Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: 9/11 related illness

Incident Date: 9/11/2001

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Anthony Maggiore died as the result of a cancer he developed while assisting in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

He was one of 15 officers from the Yonkers Police Department's Emergency Services Unit who responded to the site.

Officer Maggiore had served with the Yonkers Police Department for 20 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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Dear Anthony:

As a former resident of Yonkers, I want to say thank you for the sacrifice you made. I am appalled that there is so few reflections for you. You will NEVER be forgotten, never. Your sacrifice and now that of your family, has further enhanced our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Like you, I too went into law enforcement 37 years ago and only recently retired. But ours is a profession that only a few, a very select few, can do.

I know you are in a better place, looking down on the rest of us, and smiling. Smile Anthony, smile. Make our hearts warm knowing Almighty God has you with Him, and that that murdering son of a bitch Bin Laden has been sent to hell. (For the candle of the wicked shall be put out forever). Smile on us Anthony, knowing your sacrifice was not in vain, and that we remember always, what, “Protect and Serve” really means. Not a cliché; a code that we in law enforcement live by. Smile on us Anthony, knowing that America is stronger as a result of your actions and that of the all the others who gave all they had.

In closing, smile on us Anthony, knowing you are forever a member of the “Thin Blue Line”, a brotherhood unmatched anywhere in the world. You brought honor to us all, to your family, and to your name. May Almighty God bless you, your family, and God bless the United States of America.

Amen

Sgt. Ron Tomassi Retired
Lake Mary Police (Fl)
March 16, 2017

 

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