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Officer Dominick Pezzulo


Officer Pezzulo's Act of Heroism

Over 400 first responders lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Heroically performing their sworn duty, these firefighters, members of the NYPD and PAPD, and numerous other rescue workers will forever be remembered for their sacrifice.

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When they heard about the attack on the two buildings, Dominick Pezzulo and other Port Authority officers at a Midtown bus terminal commandeered a New York City bus to get downtown, said Gus Danese, president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association.

Pezzulo, 36, arrived at the scene before either building collapsed and tried to rescue Sgt. John McLoughlin and Officer William Jimeo of the Port Authority police, who were trapped in the rubble from the initial explosions, Danese said. While Pezzulo was trying to rescue the officers, the south tower collapsed, killing him, Danese said. "The two people he attempted to take out of the rubble survived.," Danese said.

"When they did remove Officer Pezzulo's body, one of the rescue workers wrapped him in an American flag," Danese said. The flag was given to Pezzulo's wife, Jeanette.

Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
Information courtesy of the Remember 9/11/2001 memorial site on


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