Detective Edwin Ortiz

Detective Edwin Ortiz

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, July 4, 2011

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Edwin Ortiz

Detective Edwin Ortiz died from illnesses he contracted from inhaling toxic materials as he participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Detective Ortiz served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years and retired in 2005, shortly before falling ill from his exposure to toxins. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Detective Ortiz was assigned to the 40th Precinct Detective Squad.

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 57
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

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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It is always with sadness that I leave a reflection to a hero who sacrificed his health, and ultimately his life to help and assist so many people during those many weeks at the 'Hole'. Yesterday the NYPD lost another hero -
Det. Louis Alvarez, (ret ), making the loss of our brothers and sisters to 222. And through his dedication and determination, through his illness, he lobbied and fought before a congressional hearing for the continuation of help for 911 responders. Brother are gone and fought a good fight until the very end.
Although I have left reflections before, this one is of utmost importance because I had the honor in meeting your wife Daisy, at a forum where she and so many retired members discussed many topics and experiences in what they went through, in order to get their loved ones the proper benefits relating to the 911 illnesses. Their courage in standing up to the department showed their fierce devotion in schooling us in many expectations that may arise in the event of sickness. My brother, Daisy spoke eloquently and proud, and I was very fortunate to attend the forum. She had told me that your girls are doing great in their chosen professions, and that you would be very proud of their accomplishments. So Ed. continue to rest in perpetual peace and know that all of us who are still here, and were there at those sites will one day meet up with you to say thank you for your service and sacrifice. I know it will be my honor when it is my time.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

July 4, 2019

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