Police Officer Vincent G. Danz

Police Officer Vincent G. Danz

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Vincent G. Danz

Officer Vincent (Vinney) Danz was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

Officer Danz had been employed with the New York City Police Department for 14 years, and is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son. He was also an active member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve and had previously served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

He was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. He was assigned to ESU Truck 3.

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 38
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 2166
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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Like all emergency service personnel that day, you showed immense selflessness and bravery going to save others. I remember that day as if it was yesterday but from far afield in the safety of my home in the UK. I was a young student that day but saw so many benefits it what people like you did.
I now am a Police Officer in England and can say I do my bit. However, my bit will never come close to the sacrifice you made. The reason I posted this reflection to you is the simple reason that whilst visiting the 911 memorial I singled out your profile to play on the auditorium wall. I (a grown 36 year old man) cried seeing the picture of you and your family and quite honestly wished I could meet them. I do not know them and doubt I ever will. But I hope that they are living a good life beaming with pride every day thinking of the hero that their husband and dad was.
Sir, you showed the world and resemble the greatest in humanity.
Thank you!

PC Mark Paul
Bedfordshire Police, UK

January 19, 2020

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