Corporal Harvey Snook, III

Corporal Harvey Snook, III

Arlington County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Harvey Snook, III

Corporal Harvey Snook passed away on January 14th, 2016, as the result of cancer contracted while working in the recovery efforts at the Pentagon following the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001.

He was working on patrol when he responded to the Pentagon after American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon at 9:38 am. He remained working at the site for the following week collecting evidence and the remains of victims. He was diagnosed with cancer related to the recovery efforts on September 9th, 2014.

Corporal Snook was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Arlington County Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his mother.

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 49
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge 884
  • Military Veteran

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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As a young officer, Harvey would find the parties and hangout, getting to know the kids/young adults--I was one of them. He made sure nobody was driving drunk and that we were safe. He was easy to talk with and really seemed to care. He couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years older than most of us. Years later I worked with Harvey and reminded him of how we first met. He laughed, as he always did- then reminisced about "the old days". We would talk...
One night, he and I were on a call, behind a school, tracking a suspect- it was freezing cold with snow and ice on the ground. When the track was finished, were standing on the outdoor basketball court, just talking and joking- Harvey loved to talk...K9 Russ was on the long lead and running slow circles around Harvey for several minutes--out of nowhere Russ took off running, after a cat. All of the leather lead that was loosely wrapped around Harvey's legs tightened, quickly, and I swear poor Harv was completely horizontal, about 4 feet off the ground, screaming, "Dammit Russ!" Sadly, he broke his elbow/arm...but I couldn't stop laughing! Sorry Bro!

Another night, he and I were on an endless track through the streets (west end of the Pike) and the dense woods of the adjacent park- it was about 45-60 min of walking through nasty, thick brush. It was one of those 95 degree nights with 1000% humidity, but he followed Russ and I followed him. As we eventually circled back to our starting point I heard, "Dammit Russ!" as Harv realized we'd been tracking cats for the last hour! Miserable and wet, we talked...he liked to talk...I miss you Bro! Thanks for the protection, friendship, and the memories. Rest in peace!

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