Sergeant Gerard Thomas Beyrodt

Sergeant Gerard Thomas Beyrodt

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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.

He had responded to the scene just as the South Tower was struck by the second plane. As he assisted civilians 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. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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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As I sit here, still alive, having served side by side with you for almost 10 years and being physically with you on 9/11/01 when the South Tower collapsed on / around us and I watched as you were thrown through the air next to me, from the impact of the South Tower hitting the ground, but I wasn’t. Then seeing the van run your leg over. Surviving all of that, to then regroup and find you 20 minutes later walking, and carrying a female Sgt who’s shoes were blown off, on your back. I showed you a bus that was nearby and you carried her to that bus, where she and others could get some filtered air inside the bus and leave the scene to safety. But you insisted on staying with the rest of us and being part of the largest boat lift in history as we began to flag down boats to evacuate the southern tip of Manhattan. We had to force two other detectives to get you onto a Harbor boat and to jersey where you went to a hospital and stayed there for months. You are a hero Gerry. Forever a hero. Forever a cops cop. Forever a great man. I also thank God I was able to be by your side at the hospital the day you passed on. We will meet again brother - hero. We love you Gerry.

Detective (retired) Yanti Michael Greene

May 12, 2018

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