Name : Driscoll, Stephen 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 17482 Command: ESS-4
Date of Death: 2001-09-11   Cause of Death: World Trade Center Attack
 On September 11, 2001 P.O. Stephen P. Driscoll made the supreme sacrifice during the World Trade Center attack in New York City , so that complete strangers may live. Stephen was born on July 4, 1963 and raised in Bronx County, NY attending Saint Agnes High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1981- 1985 as a Seabee Construction Mechanic. He later was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and the Metro North Railroad Company. He was appointed as a Police Officer in the New York City Police Department on January 13, 1992. Stephen served in the Midtown South Precinct, and the Disorder Control Unit. On January 16, 1996 he was transferred to the Street Crime Unit. On February 9, 1998 he was transferred to the Emergency Services Squad # 4. Stephen was a member of the N.Y.P.D. Emerald Society Pipe Band Color Guard, the N.Y.P.D. Holy Name Society, the N.Y.P.D. U.S. Navy Association, the N.Y.P.D. Patrolmen?s Benevolent Association , the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, and a past Volunteer Fireman in the Croton on Hudson , N.Y. Fire Department.

Stephen was a Trustee with the New York State Shields , and the Lake Carmel , N.Y. Community Center. On November 11, 2001 the Lake Carmel, NY Community Center dedicated Driscoll Hall. On November 27, 2001 the Shields renamed our Medal of Valor , as the P.O. Stephen P. Driscoll Medal of Valor , to honor his memory. On October 17, 2002 the N.Y.P.D. Navy Association presented the first annual Stephen P. Driscoll award. In 2003 the New York State Fraternal Order of Police formed the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Lodge.

Stephen is survived by his parents Patrick and Letitia , his wife Ann, son Barry , siblings, Gail, Sheila, Jeanne, Michelle, and Michael , and mother-in-law Helene, brother-in-laws, Billy (ret.FDNY), John (NYPD Sgt.), Joe (NYS Corrections Officer) , sister-in-law Keri, and many nieces and nephews.

Stephen Driscoll was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during the Annual Medal Day ceremony on December 4, 2001. The New York City Police Department Medal of Honor is the highest award that may be bestowed upon a member of the service.
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Comments from Friends    
Hey Brother, thank you for the memories - no one can ever take them away from us. You went to heaven on 9-11 with thousands that day. A day we will never forget. We miss and love you. Your sister Gail
— Gail Silke

You are truly missed. Always in our thoughts and prayers. Miss you at Billy's and Christina's birthday parties. You're a gentleman.
— Celia

I remember when you were trying to get into ESU and when you finally did. You were so proud . Every one said you were a "buff" and they were right. It was an honor and a pleasure knowing you. You will never be forgoten!! God Bless you and your Family!!
— Bob Geoghegan, Ret. Lt.

We worked in Street Crime together and changed next to each other and know matter how bad the day went he was always smiling about something..I use to say to myself what the hell is he smiling about, I would ask him and he would just smile...Was an Honor knowing you.."NIGHTHAWKS OWN THE NIGHT"
— Joe Maginnis

One of the nicest guys in Street Crime. Rest easy brother.
— Anonymous

I remember the many Metro-North train trips into the city when Steve was working out of midtown south and I worked the 17th, lots of laughs lots of stories. We would run into each other over the years on the streets and in our community. His easy going, funny disposition will always be remembered. Your a hero in heaven now buddy, rest easy.
— Detective Steve Heberling

I truly had the honor to work with steve in Street Crime and outside the job heaven knows we needed those damn sidegigs! But steve made all those days go easy and fast, nothing was as bad as it seemed he always told me just remember what you go home to thats your reward FAMILY. thanks steve see you soon.
— Det. Jose M Lopez


Steve, I'll never forget those Metro North train rides to and from the academy. Me, you, "Beetle Baily and "Rocket". You always made us laugh. I'll also never forget how much of a buff you were and transformed us to "buffs". We shared some great stories about when Hastings FD played you guys up in Croton. More importantly I'll never forget my last conversation with 2 weeks before 911, I was glad I got to talk to you before that day. I know your looking down and I'm always looking up at you bro, miss ya, --Stu
— Stuart Cohen

I just wanted to let Stephen's family know that after 9/11 I bought a BAND (Bear Another's Name Daily)and I randomly received one with Stephen's name on it. I did research to see who Stephen was and I am honored to wear the name of such a heroic and repected individual. I think about his sacrifice every day as I wear the wrist BAND. I wish his family only the best.
— Peter O'Connor

Sorry I never met you when you were in Ireland with your mother though we talked on the phone. I know you were your mother's pride and joy. Your life is an inspiration to us all.
— Nuala Nolan

I would like the family to know that I have a remeberance bracelet with Stephen's name on it. My husband is a police officer here in Oklahoma and our department sold them after 9/11. I wore the bracelet for several months after the attacks and continue to wear it every year to remind myself and others of the selflessness that Stephen and others like him showed on that day. To his family,friends, and co-workers.. God bless you and keep you. Deborah
— Deborah

I have a memory band with Stephen's name on it and I wear it proudly. I will never forget the courage that he and his fellow officers showed that day. WE NEVER FORGET
— Anonymous

I never knew Stephen but when I received my memory band I knew he had to be someone special. I wear my bracelet every day and have never forgotten what sacrafices were made that day by him and his fellow officers and fire fighters. God Bless Everyone!

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 27, 2006, 9:00 am

By remembering Officer Driscoll and the other brave souls of that terrible day we help to perserve all the good they stood for. REST IN PEACE
— John Rabson
Posted: July 17, 2007, 9:06 pm

— wayne moran
Posted: November 3, 2008, 10:00 am

I'll always remember Stephen and his partner Sgt. Coughlin in their ESU truck patrolling Mosholu Pkway around every Halloween handing out candy to the kids. Two finer people you couldn't ask for. I'll never forget as long as I live. God Bless all the Driscoll's.
— Mike Skope
Posted: August 16, 2009, 5:18 pm

Rest in peace Stephen. I still miss you brother. NYPD 44Pct.
— Jean-Harold Astree
Posted: September 10, 2009, 8:24 am

Steve was a proud "SeaBee" whose motto is 'we can build and we can fight'.... a modern day example of a true Irish American patriot... we all sleep in our cozy beds at night because of guys like this....
— Mike
Posted: October 14, 2009, 7:41 pm

A day hasn't gone past without us thinking about you. You were truly my brother from another mother.
— Stuart Fishkin
Posted: October 27, 2009, 11:08 pm

I had the pleasure of serving with Steve in the Navy Seabees, he was a great young man, a true asset to the "Bees" and the Navy. I am sure he was well respected by his fellow officers and I saddend to learn of his loss.
— Bill Roddick
Posted: January 24, 2010, 11:19 pm

Steve was a good friend, a good cop, and a good cop. A finer man would be tough to find.
— Andrew DeStefano Captain, NYPD (ret.)
Posted: February 28, 2010, 10:21 pm

— robert hyer
Posted: April 3, 2010, 11:41 pm

I was assigned to Midtown South, sometime in the fall of 1993. I had always worked in Brooklyn South, and had been in plainclothes for about 8 years, up until being promoted in the spring of 1993. Midtown South, was a funny place, kind of its own animal. What I quickly learned was that most of the cops there were "commuters" from Long Island. Steve was in My squad, which I shared with another Sgt. Dan Carney, whom the men loved and greatly respected. Our squad which numbered about 22 "souls," was a very tight bunch, as good as any Brooklyn "A" house ever produced. The cops were just on point and backed each other up with fierce efficiency and loyalty. There wasn't a real heavy volume of violent crimes there, but, for those that did come Our way, the cops were all over them as a unit. Steve, was a young cop then, but an integral part of that machine. He was always saying what do you need Sgt? Not many guys volunteer, believe me, not many, but He did, and on more than one occasion; it was His nature, it was His strength...May God bless His family and all His coworkers who have survived through the years.
— Sgt Dave Felix (ret.)
Posted: September 8, 2010, 7:10 pm

I first met my friend while in A school in the US Navy Seabees. We served together and became the best of friends. I owe Steven my life because of his actions the day I was in a motorcycle accident, if he was not there I would not be here today. He was one of the best that the human race has to offer. I love my frind, I miss him and think of him daily.
— Chuck Taylor
Posted: September 10, 2010, 2:18 pm

To Stephen's family, I did not know this hero. My good friend attended his funeral and gave me one of the memorial shirts as a gift. I still wear it today and will never forget his name or who he was and what he stood for. God bless. Bill Ganley Deputy Chief (ret.) Salem NH
— Bill Ganley
Posted: September 10, 2010, 9:32 pm

Stevie P. We were hanging in Aug/01 up in Carmel, and I remember the last thing we talked had some nice brown Ray-Bans on and I wanted to take them off your hands:). We joked about it, i gave them back to you, and then we said "Later bro, have a good one!" That was it. The famous last words. I didnt know you were gone until 2 months later when we held the Golf outing up @ Carvel in your honor. Later Bro.Have a good one.
— Tommy Lynch
Posted: September 12, 2010, 11:04 am

Posted: January 21, 2011, 1:35 am

I new Steve when we were stationted together as mechanics with the Navy Sea Bees in California. Steve was one of the guys that worked hard and played just as hard. Steve loved his country and fellow Sea Bees and he will be missed by everyone, especial those who knew him personally and professionally. We miss you Steve
— Scott Peaslee
Posted: January 22, 2011, 6:11 pm

Steve, They got him. Rest in peace.
— DM
Posted: May 2, 2011, 12:33 am

even though i didn't you for long , you were gave me my very first bib with a Harley Davidson :D ! you made a huge impact on my dads life ( Robert hyer )and my mothers ( patrica hyer ) loosing you ment alot to all of us restinpeace <3
— melissa hyer
Posted: June 1, 2011, 11:00 am

Stephen, all i can say is i am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of your passing. my prayers go out to your family. we served together for a time in the see-bees,during our time serving together i came to know you as someone with great integrity, your presence always welcome. and probably the friendliest person i ever met. discovering that you returned home from California and becoming a member of the NYPD, looking back seems only natural. something you were most likely destined for. Its no surprise to me that you became so loved respected and by your community. seems you had that affect on a lot people. i will always remember you as someone who made a positive difference in the lives of many. I'm privileged to have known you.
— Chuck Cooper
Posted: August 11, 2011, 10:36 pm

What a great guy Steve was. I always enjoyed his company and his expertise when I was on Heavy jobs. A few days before his death, I left my chair on the 50 Desk to see Steve. I asked him if he could fix my broken handcuff case. Before I even finished asking, he went right to work on it with a big smile. When I heard that he gave his life for our city and our country, all I could do was think about him fixing my cuff case and the great conversation we had about life, the job, and our families. The world lost a great man on 9/11/2001, but Heaven gained a Great Angel!
— Ret Sgt Matthew Lynch
Posted: August 25, 2011, 10:42 pm

Dear Driscoll Family: I have a 9/11 bracelet enscribed with Stephen's name. It was issued shortly after the tragedy and is similar to those worn in the 60's and early 70's to remember fallen Viet Nam soldiers. When I received the bracelet, I decided at the time that I would give it back to his family on the tenth anniversary. I know that I'm a stranger to you all. I'm from southern Ohio, so far from New York, but the bravery of Stephen touched even me. Can anyone help me find a mailing address so that I can give this small token to his parents or wife and son? God bless you all.
— Klaire
Posted: August 31, 2011, 8:27 pm

Steve and I worked in the Disorder Control Unit. Steve was a great guy, a great Cop and a great person. Steve you are missed and never forgotten. RIP my Friend.
— Scott Grainer
Posted: September 6, 2011, 9:52 pm

I am honoring Stephen's memory on my Facebook page. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him but after reading about him I feel as though I do in some small way. My husband and son were U.S. Navy Seabees and all Seabees have a bond even if they never served together. I will keep Stephen on my Facebook page now and in my gratitude forever.
— Pam
Posted: September 9, 2011, 7:42 pm

I served with Steve on the Croton Fire Department and then again on NYPD. As the 10th anniversary approaches it reminds me of his bravery and great sacrifice doing what he loved. I am sure his family is proud of him as I am proud to have known and worked with him.
— PO Randy Newman Ret.
Posted: September 10, 2011, 2:50 pm

God Bless Stephen on his 10th anniversary in heaven. S.C.U. never forgets it's own. We own the night.
Posted: September 11, 2011, 3:02 am

Dear Ann, my thoughts are with you and yours on this day of remembrance. I thought so much of Steve and he was such a good friend to Mike. I remember one time he came back to the beach to visit Mike and brought me roses. How thoughtful was that??? And, oh that smile. What a guy! What a loss but what a hero. We both loved him, Ann...Mike and I. Hug your children for me. I just remember Barry. Sincerely, Margot Zimmerman
— Margo Zimmerman (Mike's mom)
Posted: September 11, 2011, 10:10 pm

My heart aches for your Son Stephen P. Driscoll may he Rest in Peace..God bless your family and N.Y.C
— O. Driscoll
Posted: September 11, 2011, 10:23 pm

My heart aches for your Son Stephen P. Driscoll may he Rest in Peace..God bless your family and N.Y.C
— O. Driscoll
Posted: September 11, 2011, 10:23 pm

My heart aches for your Son Stephen P. Driscoll may he Rest in Peace..God bless your family and N.Y.C
— O. Driscoll
Posted: September 11, 2011, 10:23 pm

Steve you still remain a big part in my dad's stories. I remember you from our July 4th parties and the time you spent teaching my brother and I what music really was. Thank you and god bless. <3
— Victoria
Posted: September 12, 2011, 12:33 am

Can anyone tell me of this is the same Stephen Driscoll who lived for a short while in Puerto Rico and lived in Whidbey Island washington around 1984??
— Cassie culbertson
Posted: October 18, 2011, 4:49 pm

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace. <3
— Jennifer Azzarano
Posted: January 16, 2012, 10:19 pm

Greater love has no man then this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) On 9/11 those strangers became Steve's friends....
— Sgt Dave Felix
Posted: September 19, 2012, 3:38 pm

You my brother was my ride along partner in Knoxville, TN on 09/08/2013. It was our 9/11 memorial ride and I was given your ID to hang on my Motorcycle. Being a former Knoxville Police Officer I understand the dangers that come with the job. But on this day my friend we rode as partners. I will always remember what you did on 9/11/2001 and I thank you. May the rest of us walk worthy of your blood that was shed that day. May God Bless your family.
— Jack Lakin
Posted: September 10, 2013, 9:28 pm

You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Stephen.
— Tommy
Posted: September 11, 2013, 10:47 am

May your rest in peace. I am so glad to find out you were a hero, I wish we could of met!
— Cass
Posted: November 5, 2013, 2:46 am

I was cleaning out my draw today and found a t-shirt that I have not seen for 13 years it was the shirt I bought at Steve's friends made after 9/11 I was part of the contingent of Boston Police tha went to a softball tournaament in 1999 and 20000 down in New york. Steve and I became fast friends and sayed in touch over the years he was a great guy and we tipped a few beers when Boston showed up in NYC I told my wife don't ever throe this T-shirt out I have it on now. RIP buddy Jack McBrien Sergeant BPD
— jack mcbrien
Posted: August 4, 2014, 7:24 pm

I was cleaning out my draw today and found a t-shirt that I have not seen for 13 years it was the shirt I bought at Steve's friends made after 9/11 I was part of the contingent of Boston Police tha went to a softball tournaament in 1999 and 20000 down in New york. Steve and I became fast friends and sayed in touch over the years he was a great guy and we tipped a few beers when Boston showed up in NYC I told my wife don't ever throe this T-shirt out I have it on now. RIP buddy Jack McBrien Sergeant BPD
— jack mcbrien
Posted: August 4, 2014, 7:25 pm

Stephen you are thought of everyday. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: September 11, 2014, 5:33 am

Letitia, Our thoughts are with you today from all the Matthews in Ireland
— Gerard Matthews
Posted: September 11, 2014, 2:26 pm

Was my partner at Metro North. A great and funny guy.That was just the tip of the iceberg.He was also a hero.
— Paul Lacoste
Posted: September 11, 2014, 7:10 pm

Today, 13 years after the fact, did I learn about Stephen's and his families sacrifice. I served with Stephen in NMCB-5. He was a mechanic from New York and I was an electrician from Michigan, but, we knew each other. God bless.
— Greg
Posted: September 11, 2014, 10:28 pm

I met Stephen when I sang for the NY Shields. Stephen had the warmest smile and was a role model for other cops to follow. A true hero and an angel looking down on us. RIP Stephen...We will never forget
— Marie Menna
Posted: September 10, 2015, 10:28 pm

Never Forgotten. As the years go by I've honored Stephen on my Facebook page and although I never had the pleasure of meeting him I think of him and his family often. A former Navy Seabee and a true hero.
— Pam
Posted: September 11, 2015, 4:12 am

Missing you a little extra today Uncle Stephen. We all miss and love you. Always our hero.
— Erica
Posted: October 28, 2015, 10:55 pm

I continue to remember your service, your bravery and your true dedication to community. May you rest in peace knowing that you always followed your heart!
— Jennifer Azzarano
Posted: March 16, 2016, 10:35 pm

I just learned this evening ~ that you were my cousin. Related on my Grandmother's side of the family from Ireland. I wish we could have met. May you Rest in Peace.
— Maureen Smith
Posted: September 12, 2016, 10:33 pm

Our Catholic Church in Palatine, IL gave out names of victims of 9/11 as we left Mass this September. We were asked to pray for our individual throughout the year. I received Stephen's name. I will pray for him and for all who miss him.
— Barbara Pastirik
Posted: October 2, 2017, 2:33 pm



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