Of the 2,977 people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a total of 442 first responders were among those who lost their lives that day, including 70 law enforcement officers at the World Trade Center and one aboard Flight 93 that crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor
The 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor, created by the U.S. Congress in 2004, is a gilt, light blue-enamelled, five-pointed, upside-down star surrounded by a wreath of laurel. The center has a dark blue-enamelled pentagon with a gilt disc bearing the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the American eagle holding the shield of the United States and a laurel along with the date “9 • 11 • 01”. This medal is suspended on a gilt disc bearing the letter “H” for heroism inside a keystone representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania surrounded by a wreath of laurels, which is in turn suspended on a neck ribbon, blue with gold and light blue edge stripes and a white center stripe.
On September 9, 2005, this medal was posthumously awarded to each of these 442 public safety officers and presented to their families by President George W. Bush at the White House. Since the law was amended in 2018 to extend eligibility to members of public safety agencies who subsequently died of 9/11-related health conditions, a total of 142 additional law enforcement officers from 15 agencies have been awarded this medal.
We remember these 71 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on the deadliest day in U.S. law enforcement history.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Special Agent Leonard W. Hatton, Jr.
New York City Fire Department
Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca
New York City Police Department
Sergeant John G. Coughlin
Sergeant Michael Sean Curtin
Police Officer John D’Allara
Police Officer Vincent G. Danz
Police Officer Jerome Mark Patrick Dominguez
Police Officer Stephen Patrick Driscoll
Police Officer Mark Joseph Ellis
Police Officer Robert Fazio, Jr.
Sergeant Rodney C. Gillis
Police Officer Ronald Philip Kloepfer
Police Officer Thomas Michael Langone
Police Officer James Patrick Leahy
Police Officer Brian Grady McDonnell
Police Officer John William Perry
Police Officer Glen Kerrin Pettit
Detective Claude Daniel Richards
Sergeant Timothy Alan Roy, Sr.
Police Officer Moira Ann Smith
Police Officer Ramon Suarez
Police Officer Paul Talty
Police Officer Santos Valentin, Jr.
Detective Joseph Vincent Vigiano
Police Officer Walter Edward Weaver
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
Revenue Crimes Specialist Clyde Frazier, Jr.
Director of Tax Enforcement Charles M. Mills, Jr.
Investigator Salvatore T. Papasso
Assistant Deputy Commissioner William Howard Pohlmann
New York State Unified Court System
Senior Court Officer Thomas Edward Jurgens
Captain William H. Thompson
Sergeant Mitchel Scott Wallace
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department
Police Officer Christopher Charles Amoroso
Police Officer Maurice Vincent Barry
Police Officer Liam Callahan
Lieutenant Robert D. Cirri, Sr.
Police Officer Clinton Davis, Sr.
Police Officer Donald A. Foreman
Police Officer Gregg J. Froehner
Police Officer Thomas Edward Gorman
Police Officer Uhuru G. Houston
Police Officer George Gerard Howard
Police Officer Stephen Huczko, Jr.
Inspector Anthony P. Infante, Jr.
Police Officer Paul William Jurgens
Sergeant Robert Michael Kaulfers
Police Officer Paul Laszczynski
Police Officer David Prudencio Lemagne
Police Officer John Joseph Lennon, Jr.
Police Officer John Dennis Levi
Police Officer James Francis Lynch
Captain Kathy N. Mazza
Police Officer Donald James McIntyre
Police Officer Walter Arthur McNeil
Director of Public Safety Ferdinand V. Morrone
Police Officer Joseph M. Navas
Police Officer James A. Nelson
Police Officer Alfonse Joseph Niedermeyer
Police Officer James Wendell Parham
Police Officer Dominick A. Pezzulo
Police Officer Bruce Albert Reynolds
Police Officer Antonio José Rodrigues
Police Officer Richard Rodriguez
Chief James A. Romito
Police Officer John P. Skala
Police Officer Walwyn Wellington Stuart, Jr.
Police Officer Kenneth Tietjen
Police Officer Nathaniel Webb
Police Officer Michael T. Wholey
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Refuge Manager Richard J. Guadagno
United States Secret Service
Master Special Officer Craig J. Miller