Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer James Francis Lynch

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 James Francis Lynch

I had the privilege to have known James Lynch. I just need to let the world know, that my experences with James Lynch can only be described as him being one of the most respected persons i ever met!!! and i would of said that before the cowards took him from us. I will never forget him and I will share my memories of him whenever that imfamous day is brought up. HIS LEGACY IS FAR REACHING!!

deputy sheriff
suffolk sheriff

December 5, 2003

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

June 14, 2002

Dear Jimmy,

It is near impossible to say how your loss has affected all of our lives. Needless to say we watched in horror on September 11th as the towers crumbled to the ground. We knew that, working emergency services at the Trade Center like you did, you knew those buildings like the back of your hand. At home that morning, you turned the television on just minutes after the first plane struck the towers... we knew that there was only one choice for you to make. And you made it...

Without a thought for your own life and safety, you raced into the city to help with the evacuation effort. And you made it there too... Before the first tower collasped, you phoned mom and let her know that you were in, told her not to worry, told her you were safe, told her you would call her later. The hours, and the days, and the weeks went by...we left message after message for you to call us on your cell phone until a recording finally told us that your voice mail box was full. We paged your beeper number over and over, hoping somehow we would get some word from you.

Words cannot express the heartache of those days...the waiting...the hope...the despair...the longing. But the reality was soon apparent and we knew that you would not be coming home to us. We made the painful decision to hold a memorial service for you. It was an incredible experience to see how many people whose lives you touched in some was an incredible experience to see the love and admiration that so many had for you...and of course, it was agonizing to begin to let go...

On Thursday, December 6th, Pearl Harbor Day,your friends and coworwkers carried your body out of the wreckage at Ground Zero. On December 11th, three months after the Trade Center attack, we brought you home to us, held your funeral mass, and buried you in the cemetery where our father and both our grandfathers are buried...

Yesterday was your birthday...god how we all miss you, how I miss you...

Your loving brother,


Bill Burns-Lynch

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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