Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas Edward Gorman

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 Thomas Edward Gorman

I tried to attend as many funerals as I could during these darkest of days as my way of showing respect to families and coworkers of all of my brother and sister Officers and Firefighters. I cannot find the words to say how sorry I am that we have lost these great heroes. I cannot express my thanks enough for your bravery and sacrifice. My prayers are with you and all of your families......................AC

Pennsylvania State Police

September 15, 2003

I did not know Thomas Gorman, however after the attack I was given a bracelet to remember, to remember all that has happened and to honor the brave who made the ultimate sacrafice...there lives. Everynight I pray for this man and his family and when people ask if I knew him all i can say is that I wish i did. After receiving this wonderful gift i have done all i can to find out about this angel and all i want to do is say thank you and GOD be with you all. Thank you Police officer Thomas Gorman

This message is to Officer Thomas Gorman, his family, friends, and colleagues both living and deceased:

My name is Corporal John M. Reffel of the Fountain Police Department located in the City of Fountain, County of El Paso, State of Colorado. I was in the United States Army for ten years and have been a police officer for 4-1/2 years, and it has been the most fulfilling job in my life so far. I am a DARE officer and I am on the SWAT team assigned as entry alpha wingman. I know what it's like to say that I would take a bullet for anyone on my team. When I found out about all the deaths of my brothers in arms in New York, I took that first bullet and it hurt. I felt so helpless knowing I could not do much as I wanted to other than watch the test of courage from my brothers through the TV stations. About 2-1/2 months after the event, I was approached by a firefighter selling wrist bracelets with fallen hero names on them. He asked me to purchase one so I did. I wanted to know more about the name on the bracelet that I have. I know Thomas died doing what he loved best and would do it again if he had to. It's nice to put a face with the name on my wrist and give him respect by seeing him on the internet. It would have been better face to face. I will wear his name on my wrist for one year and on September 11, 2002 I will take it off and lay it to rest with my memories. God Bless You, Thomas Gorman, from your brother in blue in Colorado.

Corporal John Reffel
Fountain Police Department

My Prayers are with all the friends and family of all the officers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
I lost my brother tragically, Det. David Taylor, Greensboro PD, On August 7, 2001. I was in NY for my fiancee's Mother's funeral the first of Sept. I was stranded there for 3 weeks due to this atrocity. As I watched the events on TV, I cried for all those who lost their lives. But was especially emotional about the Police Officers and the Firefighters and their families, as I had just recently suffered a tragic loss myself. As I walked through the streets in the days following the attack, I cried with pride as I saw the officers on duty on all the corners in the city. I knew how hard it was for them, knowing they had lost their friends. On the Sat. following the attack I was at St. Patrick's for mass. The last 2 people to go up and take communion were 2 NYPD officers, again I cried. I hope all of you are getting the support that my family and I got when we needed it, from the Deparment. I know the comforting words and even the funny stories the officers tell us about my brother helps. I know that our loved ones who are gone from here, had a higher calling and are happy and at peace in Heaven. Hopefully we can all feel that same peace one day! God bless All of you! And God bless America!
Tracy Taylor
Thomasville, NC
Sister of Greensboro Det.David L Taylor
EOW 8/7/01


Your death will be avenged and your heroism, bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten!

Blessed are the peacemakers,For they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9


God I don't know what to say. I intend to post this message for each and everyone of you heroes so Officer, Detective, Agent, Whatever,... I thank you. You swore to serve and to protect. Well your days of protecting us are over. But you will forever be in service. Your eternal service... the inspiration you and your fellow bothers and sisters have re-enforced in my heart, will live so long as I do. Though I will not always carry your name in the front of my mind, not in my duties as a soldier or as the police officer I plan to become when I get home, I will still always carry with me the knowledge of your sacrifice... of your heroism, of your selflessness... I will carry a samll piece of you everywhere I go. Be it with an M-16 in my hands in a strange land, or a badge on my chest in my own back yard... long after the flags come down and the nation carries on... until the day I die... you will continue to serve... as my inspiration. God bless you. God bless your family. God bless your agency. God bless FDNY. God bless all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, and marines. God bless New York City. GOD BLESS AMERICA. Thank you my brothers and sisters. I love you.

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