Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Uhuru Gonja Houston

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 Uhuru Gonja Houston

Officer Houston,
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.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

September 11, 2021

God Bless you Officer Houston for your service and ultimately for your sacrifice!
Thank you!

Police Chief Michael G. Gregory
Boynton Beach Police Department

September 11, 2021

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

I am a teacher in Florida and we each wore a hero's name today. I chose your name and will remember you and your family in my prayers. Thank you for your service!

I also wore the name of your friend, Clinton Davis, Sr.

God Bless You

Diana Alvarez
Florida Teacher

September 11, 2018

Maybe someday, everyone in this country can fully appreciate the service and sacrifice that police officers give for their safety. Many thanks for your service and my prayers be with your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

May 4, 2017

This weekend, the Central Georgia Mounted Color Guard is hosting a commemorative horseback ride honoring the heroes of 9/11. Officer Houston is being personally remembered at one of the posts along the trail. Never forgotten & respectfully honored for his supreme sacrifice and his family's loss. God Bless!

Kim Flemming - CGMCG
CGMCG

September 10, 2015

Our city, Arlington, Washington, was chosen to receive a beam from the WTC. We are building a display for this beam. To do this, we are selling Forever Remembered Medalian coins. I purchased one and had to chose someone to be engraved and remembered. I chose Officer Uhuru Houston. This coin is being given to my 5 year old grandson who lives in Brooklyn, to have and hold and to pass on to his son, someday, so that Uhuru will be forever remembered in our family. I chose him because of his big smile. My grandson has a big smile like that and it seemed fitting to chose this man. If you should want a picture of this beautiful medal, I would be happy to send one. My he rest in peace, and may his family know that my family will remember him too.

Margaret Hedlund
City of Arlington, WA, who purchased a memorial coin in Uhuru's name.

September 2, 2014

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the twelth anniversary year of the tragic devastation wreaked upon our nation, those brave men and women who lost their lives safeguarding others are remembered and revered.

May your spirit continue to soar and your memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect and gratitude for the distinquished service you gave to your community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice you and your family made on September 11, 2001.

To your family, may God continue to hold you in his arms and may you be comforted by your faith and those who care for you.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 7, 2013

To Officer Houston's family, I was at his graveside yesterday & will continue to pay my respects to him & our honored dead from that terrible day. "Greater love has no man than to lay his life down so others may live." Sincerely, Frank Lakat, Bklyn NY

Frank Lakat
civilian

September 12, 2012

You as always are remembered

Pat Van Den Berghe
Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

I remember you as this handsome young man, with a beautiful smile. I saw you a few times in the hallways of Newark Airport when you had to be there for something, or passing thru. We shall never forget, many blessings to you and your family!

Juanita B
PA

September 11, 2011

I am forever indebted to a wonderful brother I didn't fully get a chance to know but know in my heart. Thank you, thank you! Rest in Peace and many blessing to your family.

Olabisi A Ridges

September 11, 2011

I have been meaning to write about my childhood friend Gonja. When I saw the list of names after 9/11 and saw his name there, I was shocked. He and I went to elemantary school together and he was the nicest kid I had ever met. I cant Imagiane how couragious and brave he was that day. God bless you old friend, rest in peace. I will see you again.

Darren Bartolomeo
Friend

August 24, 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.

Deputy and Firefighter
Glades County, Florida

September 11, 2009

Officer Houston,
Sir, on today the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and all the other LEOs that died that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

September 11, 2009

You are not forgotten...thank you

Anonymous

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.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, FOR HELPIPNG PROTECT OUR COUNTRY!!!!

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

K.L.

March 12, 2009

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a true hero who will never be forgotten

POLICE OFFICER
PHILA PA

February 11, 2008

You are not and will never be forgotten. You and the other brothers we lost that day are HEROES and will be remembered forever! Rest high on the streets of Heaven!

Deputy Brant Pewitt
Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept TN.

September 11, 2007

Sir:
So many people use the term, "hero", that at times, it seems to lose it's luster. But to call you and all the rest that gave all they had that day, a "hero", is an understatement. I don't think that the term truly defines what you are.
A man, obviously. A police officer, that's evident too. But perhaps the term that is most appropriate, is "icon". Never before in the glorious history of our great nation, have so many police officers been called upon to perform the tasks that you did on 11 September 2001. And with God's blessing, never again.
I like to think of you and the rest in a different concept. "Guardians of the people", is fitting. That is a responsibility we as police officers take very seriously, and are committed to, even unto death. For nowhere is there a group of people so dedicated to the preservation of life, than that of police officer. To give it all, to anyone who is in grave danger, to know that the sacrifice is ultimate, yet still does it, that's an icon. That, is you.
We can never give back to you and your family all that was lost. But we can remember, we can give thanks, and we can always be cognizant of one simple fact: our freedom is not free, but rather comes at an enormous price.
Your actions, my brother, have helped preserve the dreams of our forefathers so long ago; "That this nation shall receive a new birth of freedom, and that the government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth".
Rest in peace, we have the watch. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

March 15, 2007

a hero lives forever.....

September 12, 2006

Thinking of you and your loved ones on this tragic day in history. You will never be forgotten and will be forever a hero.

Nicole Burdette
Wife of Deputy Alex Burdette EOW 3-12-05

September 11, 2006

HERO! Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer
Tennessee

July 25, 2006

I found a baseball cap emblazoned with the letters PAPD, an American flag on one side, and the name of Officer Uhuru Houston stitched on the other side. What's amazing is that I bought it at a Goodwill thrift store in Ellensburg, Washington, in 2005. I was amazed to type in the name and come up with the officer and WTC. With another anniversay approaching, I feel even more connected with an event I could only witness on TV. I still can't get my arms around it all. Some trip for a hat.

Carlton Moyers
na

August 18, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

April 12, 2005

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