Detective Kevin George Hawkins

Detective Kevin George Hawkins

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, May 7, 2007

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Kevin George Hawkins

Detective Kevin Hawkins died of kidney cancer, which he 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.

Detective Hawkins was a U.S Marine Corps veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years He was assigned to the Mayor's Security Detail and is survived by his wife and three children.

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 41
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

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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Unbeknownst to me Kevin, I just received in the mail the magazine Gold Shield Fall 2021. I found your picture amongst the many who have sacrificed and died due to that awful day of 911. I was saddened by finding out that way. My deepest sympathy and condolences go to all of your family and all of your friends due to your loss. Serving with you in the 6th comm battalion USMC reserves, and desert storm. I remember your humor, your smile, your anecdotes. There were some pretty miserable times. I have to say there were some miserable moments, and your smile, your humor, and laughter made so many of us tolerate even the worst of it all. Doing our 10 mile hikes at Camp Lejeune, with 75 pound packs on our backs, during our 2 week summer obligations in the military, which we were all proud to serve. One of my own favorite one of your lines was,”It’s not the heat… it’s the humidity”. It was your seriousness of it, dripping sweat from your brow, your soaked of sweat t-shirt, your comedic look, stance and timing of it all that stands out. You had us all howling in the platoon. There wasn’t one person not laughing. We were all thinking it. It was all in your timing delivery of that line. That is just a glimpse of one of many examples of your personality. Running into you while you were working the NY city marathon event, and I was actually running it was so nice to see you again. I did not know it would be the last time to run into you. Hearing how much you were loved and adored, reflected upon here. You will truly be missed by all. Until we are all reunited again. May God bless you and your family. May you Rest In Peace.

SGT Christina Gervasi-Amleto USMC-R
6th Comm Battalion. Now a BSN ED RN

November 6, 2021

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