Inspector Anthony Infante

Inspector Anthony Infante

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Anthony Infante

Inspector Anthony Infante was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

Inspector Infante had been employed with the Port Authority Police Department for 29 years and had previously served with the Newark, New Jersey Police Department.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, and a son.

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-one 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 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 killed in this terrorist attack.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 29 years
  • Badge None

Incident Details

  • Cause Terrorist attack
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

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Inspector, you gave everything. Myself, your community, and our nation will forever be grateful for your heroic actions that barbaric day. With twenty-nine years of service to the Port Authority Police, many who are not lawmen wonder why you risked your life that day when you did not have to, and were not required to. However, myself and all former, current, and future lawmen know exactly what inside your soul drove you to respond and do everything possible to rescue others that day. There is no higher calling. There is no higher selfless act. You are, and will always be, an inspiration to all that learn of your decades of dedication to the citizens you served, and especially your actions of the day God brought you into his kingdom. I wish I had had the honor of having crossed paths with you, sir. God willing, it will happen in the future. I think that you'd like to know that on the back windshield of my assigned patrol car is a sticker that reads, "Remember 9-11-01". God bless you, your fellow officers and firefighters, and all of the innocent citizens that lost their lives on that day.

Officer Mark Muchowicz
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

November 25, 2018

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