Police Officer Edward M. Ferraro

Police Officer Edward M. Ferraro

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, June 6, 2004

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Edward M. Ferraro

Police Officer Ferraro died from illnesses he contracted while inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Officer Ferraro had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years and was assigned to the Management Information Systems Division. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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 49
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 20884

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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06/06/2004 = 06/06/2022
As I mark another anniversary of my husband Eddie’s death, it always brings up so many emotions about our past and what our future may have been. I will never get over the loss, but I have tried to reconciled myself to it, as I find quiet moments to reflect on the love and laughter that you, our son Mike and I shared, the life we made, and memories that I will keep with me forever.. Some days I sat and cried over wondering what life might have been.... But, through the tears, the anger for leaving me, the challenges I had faced and have to go through every single day trying to keep everything in place; I just kept on going one day at the time. I never stop thinking that the day he left a whole where my heart should be. I miss and love him so much, I'm trying so hard to forget but.... how it's even possible to do so?... I know my life will never be the same, without the great man, husband, father, and friend he was. He gave his own life helping others. You're loved and missed every single day by your loving wife Margarita, your children Michael and Edward Jr. your grandchildren Cassandra, Mike Jr, Juliette and more family and friends. 'Till we meet again, we love you and miss you so much every single day, my love!

Margarita R Ferraro

June 6, 2022

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