NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police say a New York City sergeant who was photographed posing with President Barack Obama at a ground zero ceremony has died from an apparent suicide.

Sgt. Stephanie Moses “epitomized professionalism in her appearance, conduct and dedication to duty,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement.

Kelly said Moses was frequently “the face of the NYPD on the national stage as well as routinely at police ceremonies.”

He said her death was a great loss to the department.

Kelly told reporters that she appeared to have taken her own life on Tuesday at her Baldwin, Long Island, home.

She was photographed with Obama in May 2011 during a 9/11 memorial wreath laying ceremony.

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