Police Officer James Lynch

Police Officer James Lynch

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

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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James Lynch

Officer James Lynch was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

Officer Lynch had been a member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department for 25 years.

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 25 years
  • Badge 775

Incident Details

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

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Words cannot express the sorrow I feel of finding out that you perished at the World Trade Center. You were the first Police Officer that I was assigned to work with when I became a Police Officer for the Penn Central Police Department in Weehawken New Jersey . I was assigned to you by Lt. John Long. after being changed assignment I saw you once more in Penn Station Newark NJ. I remember telling you that I wanted to join the Port Authority Police Department as my brother, John Ramirez worked in the Crash Crew at Kennedy Airport. I did not find out that you did become a Port Authority Police Officer as I resigned the Conrail Police (formerly Penn Central), to join the Amtrak Police. I did go to Ground Zero on my day off on September 14, 2001 along with several other Probation Officers from Westchester County (As I became a Probation Officer after having to leave the Amtrak Police Department due to an on the job Injury. I felt that I had to be there as I used to work with Port Authority Police Officers at Penn Station Newark New Jersey and that my own brother (who was retired due to an on the job injury was a Port Authority Police Officer) . I had the honor of being taken on tour at the World Trade Center and saw the Police Headquarters, along with going to the roof and taking pictures of the Centennial Celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge. Anyway I kept feeling like I knew someone there, but never dreamed that it was you! Unbeknownst to my wife, I went to Ground Zero without her knowledge as I had been involved in a shooting at my job on June 22, 2000. I went with another Probation Officer who had retired from the Port Authority named Frank Garcia. Anyway I found out that you died as I was watching the news and looked at all the names and yours was the only one I recognized, and I prayed to God that it wasn't you. May you Rest in Peace and may God keep you in the palms of his hand. God Bless You! Your Friend Always, Eddie A. Ramirez

Eddie A. Ramirez Retired PO
Penn Central Conrail Amtrak PD

October 20, 2016

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