Police Officer Dominick A. Pezzulo

Police Officer Dominick A. Pezzulo

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

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Dominick A. Pezzulo

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

As the South Tower collapsed, Officer Pezzulo and several other officers quickly ran to the building's elevator shaft. Only Officer Pezzulo and two other officers survived the initial collapse, but soon afterward, Officer Pezzulo was struck by falling debris.

The two officers that survived say, "Just remember me, I died trying to save you guys," were Officer Pezzulo's last words. He then fired a single shot into the air, trying to let the others know where his friends were, and then died.

Officer Pezzulo had served with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department for 13 months. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

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-two 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 on 9/11.

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 who have died as a result of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge 900

Incident Details

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

9/11, terrorism

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I was only a baby when 9/11 happened, and I don't have any recollection of it. I'm also very new to the job and on the other side of the nation from where it all happened, but the lives you changed and influenced are able to tell your story still. I was able to meet one of your co-workers during your time as a teacher, and see his passion for law enforcement and the immense drive he has to live life to the fullest in your memory. That co-worker, acting as my training officer, has shown me how to be a true officer through lessons of empathy and being willing to go the extra mile for the people we serve. Please know that LAPD Olympic Divison will never forget you and that we hope you are watching over us every day.

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Los Angeles Police Department - Olympic Division

September 12, 2023

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