Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Kenneth Francis Tietjen

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 Kenneth Francis Tietjen

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.

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

September 11, 2023

Officer Tietjen,
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

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

Rest in peace Officer Tietjen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 6, 2020

I am walking/running in the Tunnels to 5k tomorrow in Jackson, Michigan. Officer Tietjen will be finishing this with me.

Tia - Firefighter/EMT

May 17, 2019

I am running a 9/11 memorial race in Lake Zurich, Illinois, tomorrow, 6/10/2018. When I picked up my race bib, attached was a photo a firefighter or a police officer lost on 9/11 who each runner was assigned to “run with”. I got a photo of Kenneth Tietjen. I looked up his name, and ended up here. Even though I don’t know you, Mr. Tietjen, I am so proud to get to run with you tomorrow.

Jennifer Pascoe

June 9, 2018

You as always are remembered

Pat Van Den Berghe
Civilian, Manchester, NH

September 11, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 4, 2012

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

I just would like to say that you are missed so very much and that when you'r name is spoken around here, it is in the most of cherish and favorable of tone's , you are missed deepley and Belford Engine is not the same with out your sense of humor & wit. Sometimes when the Guys are talking about the old times, like the trips we all used to go on like skiing up to Elk Mountain. Well they were FUN.
You Are a True Brother Firemen & Police Officer.
I salute you and all of your Brother Officers & Firefighters
God Bless you and you'r Family Always.
Your Friend
Bob Meyer

Firefighter Robert Meyer
Middletown Township Fire Department

May 19, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a true hero hero for us all to look up too. You will not be forgotten


March 29, 2008

I am so very sorry Ken.
To all that read this, Ken was just a genuine nice person. A gentleman, mild mannered, well mannered, humble and brought up right. It is my understanding that Ken was working at the world famous Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan that day. When he heard the call for assistance(8-13) he commandeered a taxi cab and responded to the scene. He without hesitation gave his all to save the life of strangers.
The world would be better off with beautiful soul, I am so very sorry

P.O. Artie Rossi 983(ret)

December 20, 2007

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

Dear Ken:
As I wind down my 27 year career, I always come to reflect on what you and the rest did the horrible day. Neither my words, nor words from any government official, can ever due you justice for the sacrifice you willingly made.
Successfully saving 25,000 innocent people is no small feat in any circumstance. But to do it while buildings are on fire and about to collapse, that is a feat of bibical proportions. Your sacrifice cannot and will not be forgotten, no sir. For to do so, would be a grave injustice and disrespect to you and your family.
In that vein, I write this reflection. To keep a promise I made to all of you who gave everything you had on 11 September 2001. Each reflrection is not only showing deserved respect for you, but to keep alive in the minds of our fellow countrymen, that a police officer is not only here to "eat donuts", or "write some tickets", but rather to answer the cry of the wolf at the door, when others cannot or will not respond. And in answering that cry, the price paid is veery high.
Our blue may have gotten thinner, but our line has held. Our countrymen are safe, and our country proud. Proud of you, one of America's Finest, now and forever. I pray that our God in Heaven hears me every night when I lay my head on my pillow, and give Him thanks for all I have, WE have, as a result of your actions. Rest in peace my brother, we have the watch. I have only the words I lived my career by, to give you: "Above all else, honor".
God Bless You, God Bless your family, and God Bless America. Amen

Detective Ron Tomassi
Palm Beach Sheriff's Office-Florida

May 29, 2007

Your's was the first 9/11 funeral I attended and I felt honored to do so. It was even more of an honor to speak with your family members after the ceremony. May they have comfort in knowing that you are with the LORD.

Patrolman Brad L. Reider #185
Jackson Twp Police (NJ)

January 17, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Officer Kenneth Tietjen and his fellow officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and most especially to Kenneth:

Mere words seem insignificant to honor your heroism and courage which will never be forgotten. On this the fifth anniversary week 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 Kenneth gave to his community and country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on Septmeber 11, 2001.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg Police Department, CA; eow 4/24/05

September 14, 2006

a hero lives forever...we will never forget your ultimate sacrafice

September 13, 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

July 25, 2006

Bless You HERO.. We will NEVER FORGET !!!!

January 27, 2006

You were hilighted on the website
today. You have not been forgotten
and time has not diminished your
Lynn Kole
Washington State

January 26, 2006

Despite the high number of deaths to our public safety professionals, know that your heroic efforts did not go well my brother and know that your sacrifices that day brought a few tears of relief to those who were fortunate to escape because of your actions.

Anonymous...Seattle Police Department

December 26, 2004

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because God honors it.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for your fellow man, while serving, defending, and protecting others in your community.

Thank you for your service to America. Your efforts saved thousand that horrible day.
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. You will be in our hearts forever.

September 11, 2001---Gone, but Never Forgotten.

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

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

There are not many people and/or officers brave enough to do what Kenny did on 9-11. His bravery will be rewarded by God. May he watch over the rest of us while we do our jobs with the same dedication, loyalty and love that he always showed.


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