Police Week: We Remember
Posted at 10:28 a.m. on May 16, 2014
Ofc. Marina Molina of the New York Police Department breaks down as she listens to the names of fallen officers from the state of New York during the 21st Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service, held on May 15, 2002. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) Click on the photo to make it larger.
People were very emotional at the first Peace Officer Memorial after 9/11. The thing I remember is that Ofc. Molina held her salute throughout the reading of the New York officers killed in the attacks, with the majority being from the Port Authority and the NYPD. Most put their hands down at some point. I kept thinking she physically couldn’t keep her arm up because it would be impossible to hold — but she did.
In 2001, 233 law enforcement officers gave their lives in the line of duty. Of those 233 Officers, 71 were killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks against the United States.