Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer George Gerard Howard

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer George Gerard Howard

In memory of George G Howard. I attended a 911 memorial Harley ride on 910. As part of reflections,Harley of Knoxville asked each rider to pick up a memorial card so a face could be placed with this tragedy. I received George's tag. Coming from a long line of law enforcement I am proud to have George ride along with me now hoping forward. I will always remember a face that gave it all. I am proud to have him as my Harley Angel. God will always care for you George.

Steve Johnson
Harley Rider Knoxville TN

September 11, 2023

On the anniversary of 9/11, I thank you and your comrades for your selfless duty and courage that momentous day. Your sacrifice and those of the victims and other first responders will forever be honored in the annals of brave men and women who gave their all for their city, state and for the United States of America. A hero in every sense of the word. The children you saved will no doubt live long lives thanks to you.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

September 11, 2023

Dear Officer Howard, I received a lanyard at the 20th anniversary 9/11 remembrance motorcycle ride at Harley Davidson Woodstock Illinois and your name was on my lanyard badge to honor your bravery and your memory. Thinking of you 20 years after you left us. I will never forget.

Indian Motorcycle Rider

September 17, 2021

Officer Howard,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2021

Today I carried a badge in honor of Officer Howard in the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Snow King Mountain Hill Climb in memory of the lives lost on 9/11. Residents and visitors were encouraged to join JH Fire/EMS to hike Snow King and pay tribute to the 412 emergency workers who gave their lives on 9/11.

Officer Howard was an incredible man with a heart of service to others. Thank you for all you did.

Sandy Birdyshaw, civilian
Jackson, WY

September 11, 2020

I cannot say enough or offer enough tears or emotions for the numerous, numerous amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and for still many, the numerous days that followed over the numerous years to come. On this 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest days for American law enforcement I'd like to say to you all thank you, God Bless you and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 11, 2020

George, I didn’t realize you were in there until I saw your mom with president Bush. My heart fell, but your heroism didn’t surprise me. Rest In Peace old friend.

Chief Nick Attolino

August 14, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Howard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 1, 2020

I wore your picture today at the Tunnel to Towers 5k in Clearwater. Thank you for your sacrifice!

Firefighter/EMT Andrew Hummer
Seminole Fire Rescue

November 2, 2019

I miss you terribly. This year it's hitting harder than it ever has... I'd give anything to hear your voice again


September 5, 2018

Officer Howard, reading Decision Points, by Pres. Bush, I came across the story of your bravery and sacrifice on 9/11.

I pray God's comfort upon your mother, family and friends who grieve your loss.

We continue the fight in honor of you and so many who died.

Gratefully with Deep Respect,

LT Carlson
Navy Chaplain

May 12, 2018

I knew George very well. Both on/off the job. As the EMS D/C in Queens, George was my go to contact w PAPD for JFK. We obviously held many inter agency drills over many years. George had an infectious smile and a class A joker!
Please continue to watch over us George

D/C P. Hosey

September 7, 2017

I Will never forget the sacrifice officer George Howard made that day.I did not know him, but will never forget him. I was grateful for the opportunityto return him to his family. I was one of the Detective along with my other brothers in blue who recovered his body sept 11 2001. May you rest in peace MY Brother my prayers for you are always with you each and everyday. God bless you and your family always for your sacrifice.

Det David Ruiz

September 11, 2016

Rest in peace Big George, I appreciate all your help at JFK Airport. You were a real Gentleman and always helpful. God bless you and all your family. You and all others involved did not deserve this . May you for ever be at peace. Your friend, Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez
Ramada Hotel Security and Safety Dept.

September 11, 2014

I was given a dog tag with your name on it shortly after 911 as Missing In Action, I carry it with me always. I think of all who were lost that day. God Bless your family, your "brothers" and all who loved you Officer Howard. I will hold onto this dog tag forever.

Jaye Aither, Secretary
Stratham, NH Police Dept.

September 11, 2012

You as always are remembered

Pat Van Den Berghe
Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

Hero's are lost but always remembered and a true hero you were Officer Howard. Thank you for your service and all the life that you saved to live another day. May you RIP brother.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 19, 2012

I remember George from my days at Chaminade High School on Long Island. George (1975) graduated one year before I did (1976) and I remember him as a somewhat standard student who came in the morning, did his studies and left in the afternoon. Little did I know that in 2001, he would be hailed as a hero of 911: rushing to the scene to help others without regard for his personal safety (I heard he was killed by someone who had jumped out of the WTC, who knows, it's not important). He was one of 15 graduates of my high school who died at this site on this date (along with four parents of then current students). I certainly recall President Bush holding up George's badage in the days after the attack as a symbol of all who served and died this date and I am proud to state that I attended the same high school as George and the 14 others who were killed. Remember them always.

Tom Costigan
High School Friend

October 18, 2011

I am not an American but I am always touched with sacrifice, braveness and patriotism of those who lost their lives to save others. They are real heroes!

Government Officer, Afghanistan
Government of Afghanistan

September 11, 2011

My neice asked me today, what was the thing I remembered the most about 911. I thought about that deeply and answered George Howard. I was one of the Detectives that discovered Officer Howard on September 11th, a vision I would never forget. Although I did not know him, I was saddened by his death. My fellow Detectives surrounded him, as not to allow nearbye photograghers to see him, until his department arrived. My prayers go out to his family, who lost such a brave soul, and to the Port Authority Police Department.

Detective Mark Roman

September 8, 2011

I am forever in debt to the 23-37 and the 343. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. You are a true hero, Thank you for your service Sir.


September 11, 2009

Officer Howard,
Sir, on today the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. You were off that day and didn't have to go-but you did-you sir are a true hero. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



September 11, 2009

You are not forgotten...thank you


September 11, 2009

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Proverbs 28:1

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. May God bless and keep them.


Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 12, 2009

Thinking of you today brother.

Police Officer Kevin McCarroll
Former NYPD MS Task Force

September 11, 2008

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