Sergeant Gerard Thomas Beyrodt

Sergeant Gerard Thomas Beyrodt

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Gerard Thomas Beyrodt

Sergeant Gerard Beyrodt died as the result of cancer he developed following his exposure to hazardous materials at the World Trade Center site during the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Sergeant Beyrodt arrived at the scene of the attack as the South Tower was struck by the second plane. As he assisted civilians to flee the area the South Tower collapsed. The impact knocked Sergeant Beyrodt to the ground, and he was caught in the toxic cloud of debris. His leg was run over by a vehicle that was attempting to leave the area. Despite his injuries he remained at the scene and continued to assist injured victims for several hours, refusing to receive medical treatment until being ordered to do so.

He remained hospitalized for several months as a result of his injuries.

Sergeant Beyrodt had served with the NYPD for 34 years. His wife and four children survive him.

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 74
  • Tour 34 years
  • Badge 837

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 can’t believe it has been three years already. Not a day goes by when I dont think about you and wish you were still here. I used to remember when you would tell me one of your favorite police stories over and over again, and i always acted like it was the first time i heard it. But now what i would give to hear those stories again. I always seem to cross paths with your old friends and coworkers and they always tell me how great a man you were and how lucky they were to have have you as a partner, boss, and friend, but I always knew i was the luckiest because I got to call you Dad. I was truly blessed in this lifetime to have you as my father, and for everything you taught and showed me. I miss you and love you so much, and I am very proud of you.

Det. Gerard Beyrodt

October 20, 2018

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