Police Officer Neil Eugene Porter

Police Officer Neil Eugene Porter

New York City Police Department, New York

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Neil Eugene Porter

Police Officer Neil Porter 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 Porter was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, sister, and father.

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 55
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause 9/11 related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
  • Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
  • Offender Not available

9/11, terrorism

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Proud to have called Neil a friend. We had occasions to ride our Harleys together with other coppers from various PD's for Police week and meetup in D.C. with others. For Police week. I can't express just how much of a genuinely likeable guy Neil really was. He had many acquaintances but if he called you a friend, he meant it. Neil went the extra mile for all his friends. As I recall when we went to pick up another copper who went down on his H.D. in D.C. Neil commandeered an suv while in d.c and ran to our buddy's aid. 50 miles south of D.C. Much to our relief our buddy was OK with a few scratches. Bike was totaled. Neil made the comment "there goes the luckiest man I know". He truly cared about his friends. Neil rode another copper on the back of his own Road King, when that copper's bike broke down, again in D.C on another trip to Police week. No return on either favor was ever expected. I was sad to hear Neil was showing signs of this dreaded illness but was relieved to know his suffering was over. His new chapter in life had just begun after retirement and it came to an abrupt end. Your riding buddies will forever miss you Neil. Wish you could have enjoyed your new found happiness for a while longer. Godspeed 'PORTS'. They broke the mold when they made you. Love ya' brother !!

Police Officer (retired) (LMC)
Buffalo (NY) Police Department

January 10, 2024

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