Heroes Lost On, After 9/11 Honored At Special NYPD Ceremony

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Police Department held a special ceremony at Lincoln Center Thursday to honor the officers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks or after working on the toxic pile of rubble.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the heroes were among a mass of brave men and women who helped safely evacuate tens of thousands of New Yorkers. He said their service will never be forgotten, but also urged New Yorkers to move past sadness.

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“Let us rededicate ourselves to the work from which they never flinched, to remain vigilant against threats to our city from any quarter, to make New York a city of peace and justice for all,” Bloomberg said.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly thanked the victims’ families. He promised the department will do everything possible to protect the city from another attack.

“In the history of the New York City Police Department there has never been a day like Sept. 11 when it comes to the losses we sustained and to the courage we witnessed in our ranks,” Kelly said.

The department handed out medals to families of 23 officers who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and 49 officers and one civilian who died since.

Herbert Ehmer was there to pay tribute to his son Police Officer Robert Ehmer.

“There’s not much you really can say, it was so sincere to honor all of these officers,” Ehmer said. “I’m so proud I was here. It was hard for me but I made it.”

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One Comment

  1. Jeff Benson says:

    GIT ANDER remembered.
    This Union County, NJ Police Dog -German Shepherd- worked the NYC Ground Zero site. While on patrol at his home county was shot KIA by fellow officers and they were not disciplined, claiming a “misunderstanding” .. These 2 officers knew it is prohibited to be in front of any police dog, REMAIN, GET BEHIND the dog ! GIT bothered noone. KIA, September 29, 2001

    Police dogs are important, and not target practice.

  2. capt bill's daughter says:

    dad was in nypd for 34 yrs, and i salute the bravery and sacrifice of my extended family of the long blue line lost on 9/11. peep – don’t harbor anger against the attention the media gives to other heroes. during his career, dad had the occasion to speak with a fireman at a fire in bed-stuy. as the fireman rose to go back to his duties, and dad to go back to his task, dad said to the fireman “i don’t envy you your job.” his new friend said, “no, i don’t envy you yours.” too many tears have been shed, too many angels in heaven, including my friend, carol flyzik, one of those murdered in the destruction of american flight 11 as it crashed into the north tower. we are all the poorer for our combined losses.

  3. Peep says:

    NYPD and the PAPD are true heroes of 9/11. Unlike the fdny members who need to be on the front page of every NYC newspaper,theses brave men do there jobs and don’t for any glory.

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