Police Officer James Patrick Leahy

Police Officer James Patrick Leahy

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

James Patrick Leahy

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

He was assigned to the 6th Precinct.
Officer Leahy had been employed with the New York City Police Department for nine years, and is survived by wife and three sons.

He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.

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.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 8943

Incident Details

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

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Brother, we share a name and a profession. Other than that, we have nothing in common. However, you ARE and ALWAYS WILL BE my BROTHER.

Today is the 16th anniversary of that terrible day. It's not a milestone in the strictest sense, but ever single day, within ever single year IS in of itself, a milestone.

We all know that 9-11 will become and IS becoming the same as Pearl Harbor Day, in that the younger generations do not have the same tie to it, not the same emotional feelings, not the same outrage. However, so long as those of us who were cognizant of what happened, were fully aware of what we were watching or, as in YOUR case, experiencing, we must hammer home just how significant that date is. History must ALWAYS be the present.

God Bless you, Brother and all those who made the ultimate sacrifice that day, be they Law Enforcement, Fire, Protective service, or ordinary citizen. NEVER FORGET! and always strive for what is RIGHT!

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 11, 2017

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