Senior Investigator Fred Ghussin

Senior Investigator Fred Ghussin

New York County District Attorney's Office, New York

End of Watch Friday, June 22, 2007

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Fred Ghussin

Senior Investigator Fred Ghussin died of cancer which he contracted after inhaling toxic chemicals and materials while working at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attack of 9/11.

Following the attack, Investigator Ghussin worked countless hours on the investigation. He fell ill in 2005 and was forced to retire on disability, after it was deemed that his illness was related to his work at Ground Zero.

During service with the New York County District Attorney's Office, Investigator Ghussin working on many high profile cases including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Investigator Ghussin had served with the New York County District Attorney's Office for 16 1/2 years and had previously served with the Israeli Police Force and the New York City Department of Investigation. He is survived by his wife and four 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 58
  • Tour 16 years, 9 months
  • Badge 164

Incident Details

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

9/11, terrorism

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You are the reason i know what a strong man looks like. You are the reason i wake up every morning with the will and motivation to do something great in this world. You are the one who gave me my confidence at such a young age, told me you saw greatness in me. I wont let u down in this life, i have to be great because of you.. because from such an impeccable person i now know greatness has been bestowed in me. I love and miss you so much. There will never be another you, smartest man i ever met. I’ve only known you for 7 years of my life, but what you have instilled in me lives forever. I love u dad.

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