Police Officer Madeline Carlo

Police Officer Madeline Carlo

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, July 15, 2007

Madeline Carlo

Police Officer Madeline Carlo died of lung cancer that she contracted after inhaling toxic chemicals and materials while working hundreds of hours at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attack of 9/11.

Officer Carlo had served with the New York City Police Department for 15 1/2 years and was assigned to the Housing Bureau. She is survived by her son, daughter, grandson, and mother.

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 41
  • Tour 15 years, 6 months
  • Badge 4295

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

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Officer Caro,
My name is Helen Jaramillo and i am a former police officer with the Los Angeles PD. I eventually left the department to be a full time mom and since then my life has taken a different path. I am now on the Board of Education for the Azusa Unified School District where we service 8,700 students. Today, I am participating in a 24 HR GORUCK 9/11 Memorial Team Building Endurance Event in San Diego to honor those of you who gave their lives for all of us. I am taking this on in your honor. I read every single one of these entries and, although, I did not know you personally, I feel connected to you. This is one day of my life and will never compare to the ultimate sacrifice you gave. Thank you for your service, your life and your memory.

Helen Jaramillo
Azusa, Ca 91702

Helen Jaramillo

September 8, 2017

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