Senior Court Officer Thomas Jurgens

Senior Court Officer Thomas Jurgens

New York State Office of Court Administration, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Thomas Jurgens

Senior Court Officer Thomas Jurgens was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.

He had served with the New York State Office of Court Administration for three years and he had previously served as a medic with the United States Army. Officer Jurgens' uncle, Police Officer Paul Jurgens, of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, was also killed on 9/11 while responding to the scene.

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 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 2452
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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


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It may seem odd to some addressing you in the first person but I am of the deepest belief that the spirit - the almighty spirit - lives on forever and when ones name is spoken, they never die.
My daughters Rachel and Katie ask about you every year around this time and we find comfort in relation to someone that unconditionally helped those in need - full of pride, remembrance and thanks to you and the other brave souls that averted an even greater loss that fateful day. Thank you for your service, commitment and act of valor Tommy - may your name be spoken now and forever.

Michael P Sturm
Cousin Mike from Denver

September 11, 2014

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