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Captain Kathy Mazza | Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

Captain

Kathy Mazza

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

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # None

Cause: Terrorist attack

Weapon: Aircraft; Passenger jet

Offender: 19 suicide attackers

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Captain Kathy Mazza was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

She was leading a group of people down stairs when the building started to collapse. Using her 9mm sidearm, Captain Mazza shot out glass walls, enabling many to escape. Captain Mazza was the first female commander of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.

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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Hi Kathy. It is me Jensiper. The name you gave me and the name I still use. It is recently the 16th anniversary of 9/11 and again I think of you as I do many times. You were my good friend at St Francis hospital before you became a policewoman. You taught me how to drive my first stick shift. I went to your wedding. You always made me and all of our friends in the OR at St Francis laugh. I have the utmost respect for you and it makes me horrified that you died in such a way. You were a hero at the end and that does not surprise me one bit. It was your nature to put others before yourself. You were a nurse first and always a nurse and then you were a police captain as well.

jennifer sulkow/ civilian
good friends in the early 80's
September 12, 2017

 

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