Police Officer James B. Boyle

Police Officer James B. Boyle

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, May 31, 2019

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James B. Boyle

Police Officer James Boyle died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Officer Boyle was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the NYPD for 20 years and was assigned to the 5th Precinct.

The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

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-two 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 on 9/11.

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 who have died as a result of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 25683
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender 19 suicide attackers

9/11, terrorism

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One see's how devastating man can be; war, 9/11. Through that devastation one encounters the polar opposite - one comes across people who are good and genuine. Jimmy Boyle was that person. Post 9/11 I had the opportunity to work alongside Jimmy near Ground Zero. We kept in touch. I remember Jimmy retiring from NYPD. He invited me to Florida and I invited him to Ireland. We fished off of Montauk and camped together in upstate New York. We talked about the job, family, 9/11, PTSD. We could call each other at any time of the day or night.
Jimmy was versed in legal matters and unfortunately knew first hand about certain health issues. Despite all this, even after retirement, Jimmy still assisted numerous people, civil servants, and veterans in many ways - listening, making deliveries, assisting in filling out paperwork, and opening his door to provide a roof over one's head. He was a great crutch.
Over four years ago I saw Jimmy failing physically. Sometimes you just know. I remember shaking hands with him in his living room little did I know it was the last time I'd see him. He didn't have long. When I got confirmation that Jimmy did indeed pass there was an emptiness. Still is. I miss the long talks on the phone. I miss the pranks. Guidance. Words of reassurance. So glad I got to know a really good person. During the holiday season we realize health is wealth. Rest in peace. Keep a tight one!!

Patrick J. Mulkern
New York State Police 176th C Session

December 10, 2022

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