Lieutenant Marci Simms

Lieutenant Marci Simms

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, November 5, 2015

Marci Simms

Lieutenant Marci Simms died from illnesses caused by inhaling toxic materials while partaking in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Lieutenant Simms served with the New York City Police Department for 17 years. She was assigned to the 107th Precinct.

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 51
  • 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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Lt. Simms, you will never know the pain felt by your passing. The saddest part is, with all the heroes who have passed due to that action taken by those filthy animals on 9-11, we feel pain, sadness and anger and yet, so many have gone, the pain slowly becomes less painful. That in itself is what is so outrageous. We see another name or three or seven added to the list and we say, "Oh damn that's horrible" and yet, the numbness is there. The anger is a bit less. The hatred for those who did this, a little less intense.

When it hits just how our pain and anger has diminished, it causes the blood to boil again, not just at them, but at ourselves for letting their act of despicable hate fade as the years go by.

Those scum are roasting in Hell, I am confident of that. OUR damnation is the seeing the past constantly reoccur and thinking (at times), "Oh, another one."

Do not for one second think we don't care or we aren't angry and we don't mourn. But so much has been taken from us, emotionally and spiritually that we can't cry like we once did. We simply sigh, say a prayer and get back to trying for all that we can, to not let this happen again, no matter what level it may.

But never think we don't hurt and miss you, whether we ever met you or not.

Sister, God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 17, 2018

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