Detective Steven Hom

Detective Steven Hom

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, October 19, 2013

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Steven Hom

Detective Steven Hom 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.

Detective Hom had served with the New York City Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to Narcotics Borough Brooklyn South. He is survived by his parents and two brothers.

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 43
  • Tour 17 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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I've never written on this page, not once. You'd understand. But it's been 6 years. That means that soon the little people in your life will be old enough to read these posts. I want them to know how much their uncle was loved.

We miss you more than you could ever imagine. We never stop thinking of you. We don't see each other as much anymore, but we always have a beer in your name when we do. You always had the plan... you helped us so much with all of ours. And then, you were gone. Maybe that was (one of?) your final lesson to us. Plan for the future, live in the moment.

I'd give anything to see your white V-neck tee shirts again around NBBS, or to play some basketball. To hear you tell me to try some different foods and talk stocks I still don't understand. I think of you a lot. In the spring, when I think of when we learned you were sick. In the fall, for your birthday, and when you left us. But my favorite time is St. Patrick's Day- the date of so many IVDs. It still gives me a chuckle.

To the Homs, should they ever see this- please know Steve never stop being a part of so many other people's lives... we will never forget him.

I miss you, buddy. Every. Day.

A Narco Ranger

October 19, 2019

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