Detective Luis G. Fernandez

Detective Luis G. Fernandez

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Luis G. Fernandez

Detective Luis Fernandez died as a direct result of illnesses he contracted after 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 Fernandez served with the New York City Police Department for 23 years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit.

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 44
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 7472

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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Waking up every morning to a fire truck hitting my head and a little guy making siren sounds next to my ear. He always said " i'm going to be a fire man, a pilot and a police officer by the age of 5 !. I was not surprised since our father had been a police officer back in Cuba,therefore it run in our veins. Surely enough, being the dedicated man that he was, he full filled his dream and became a New York City Police officer years later both to our father's delight and mine as well. We were and are still proud of such decision. Lou was an avid baseball fan and loved the Yankees but hated when I called him "Lou" until I told him Lou Piniella played for the Yanks then he changed his mind about his name. Lou was the quiet hero who never bragged about his impressive accomplishments while in the force. We found out about it during his eulogy during his funeral by all his fellow officers. He was the perfect husband, outstanding father, loving son and a great brother. I will always miss and love this great guy who was my baby brother and old enough to be my first son. Hope to see you in heaven. Love you.

Sergeant Gustavo Fernandez,Older brother
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March 15, 2019

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