Name : Suarez, Ramon 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 12671 Command: TD-4
Date of Death: 2001-09-11   Cause of Death: World Trade Center Attack
     
 On the morning of Sept. 11, Officer Suarez was on transit duty at the Delancey Street subway station. He commandeered a cab and rushed to the World Trade Center, where he was photographed helping people out of one of the buildings. After that photo was taken, Suarez rushed back into Tower Two. The building crashed down around him.

Ramon Suarez 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.

The Ridgewood intersection of Catalpa and Woodward Avenues has been officially renamed after him.
  
 
     
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Ray is a true hero and he will always be in my thoughts and heart. I cried for a very long time and now when I see you in my dreams all I could do is smile because I know that you are in a better place, where there is lots of love and happiness. You are my hero.....And I miss you, Love, Jackie D....
— Jackie Meglio

I don't know "RAY", but I send a E-Mail to his daughter Sophia. It's a great honor to speak with the child of an heroe. I am a french Policeman. God bless SUAREZ Family and all New Yorkers Policemen: you are all HEROES. Friendely. Sincerely yours. TITI
— AUGER Thierry

I personally worked with Ray, Iam very fortunate to have known such a great man. Ray was all heart! Always in my thoughts.
— retired mos joseph dinaso

I used to see ray at 34st/7th ave when he worked at task force.while cops from taskforce and ditstrict two would fight over activity at the station,ray and I would hang out on the side and talk about everything from martial arts to family and police work.He believed that all cops could work together no matter what command the cops were from.He was a nice guy from the moment I met him and it was always good to see him at 34/7.GOD BLESS HIM.
— p.o. Timothy Osorio

IT HAS TAKEN ME A LONG TIME TO WRITE THIS-I AM A MEMBER OF THE US MILITARY SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND-I FIRST MET RAY FROM WHEN USE TO GO UP TO NYC TO CONDUCT SPECIAL OPERATIONS TRAINING IN THE CITY-I MET RAY WHILE HE WAS ASSIGNED TO ESU-I SAW RAY RUSH INTO THE TOWERS-LATER ON I FOUND OUT THAT HE NEVER MADE IT-RAY YOU ARE AN ANGEL WHO WILL LIVE IN OUR LIVES FOR EVER-AS WE FIGHT THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR-I CARRY YOUR PICTURE IN MY WALLET-AS A REMINDER OF YOUR HEROISM-I BORROW STRENGTH FROM YOU RAY-AS WE PURSUE TERRORISM AROUND THE GLOBE-GOD BLESS YOU
— EDDIE MELENDEZ

My God Bless Office Suarez who gave so much. I am surethat he is lookig down watching over all of the NYPD Officers who are out there trying to do the job he loved so much. God Bless his family.
— Lane Murphy

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 27, 2006, 9:54 am

Ray was in my Transit Police Company class in the academy. He was and is a awesome individual. As we approach our 20th Anniversary, I reflect on how Ray would approached his retirement date. Ray was and is a great guy. May he rest in peace Antonio Cruz Co # 87-18 class of 01-20-87
— Antonio Cruz
Posted: January 13, 2007, 5:29 pm

RAY JUST THINKING OF YOU BROTHER I REMEMBER BEING A ROOKIE IN DIST 4 WALKING A FOOTPOST UPTOWN.UP AND DOWN LEXINGTON AVE THE TIME HAS REALLY GONE BY FAST BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU YOU WHERE A BIG PART OF MY CAREER AND ME THE COP I AM TODAY THANK YOU BROTHER AND GOD BLESS
— NATHAN MOLE
Posted: November 17, 2007, 3:56 pm

I will never forget my second day on patrol in District four. Someone went home early and I got the honor of riding with Silverberg in the car. We proceeded to see you and Steve in the other patrol car and for the next 30 minutes we were racing around the streets of Manhattan trying to throw garbage into and onto eachothers cars. That is a memory that will be forever be with me. No one will ever forget you courage that day or on anyday for that matter. God bless you and your family. RIP.
— Vic Montalvo
Posted: November 23, 2007, 12:50 am

Working with Ray when I was a rookie in District 4 was always a pleasure. He was like a caring father on patrol making sure the subways were safe for his New York City family. What he did on 9/11 was what he did everyday of his career and was well within his character. A true hero, he made a long lasting effect on me and will be missed by all.
— Lt Bargellini
Posted: June 30, 2009, 6:13 pm

Raymond Suarez- A True Hero, A loving Father, A Great man. I remember Ray from St. Mathias- we would always volunteer to work the Halloween Parties and scare the kids. I got to know him very well, He had a great sense of humor and always smiling. You will never be FORGOTTEN! Rest in Peace!
— PO/RET. LUGO, WILLIE
Posted: November 8, 2009, 9:01 am

Its still hard to believe after all these years you are gone,we had great times for many years,you are a true hero in our hearts,You are a role model for all police officers,911 may be an example but we saw your braveness in our own neighborhood while you was off duty.You will never be forgotten and we will always love you.
— The Lucas Family from FL
Posted: December 3, 2009, 7:16 pm

It seems like only yesterday, that you were taken away from me and your beautiful children. Still my heart aches for you, it seems like I can never get over this. I miss you so very much that words can never describe. Went on this site to apply for a Scholarship for your little girl Jillian, I am now along preparing her for college. It is heartbreaking to know that Ray cannot share this with us. You will always be my beloved hero and the love of my LIFE FOREVER!!! R.I.P my husband! You will always be our guardian ANGEL!!
— Carmen Suarez
Posted: January 21, 2010, 11:47 am

Ray was a true professional.He had the respect of his peers and everyone else that had contact with him.Fondly remembered.
— Chet Levey
Posted: August 20, 2010, 7:49 pm

Ray,You are missed....Everyday. Rest in peace.
— Alan Silverberg
Posted: October 29, 2010, 6:47 pm

I worked with Ray in the best unit of the NYPD's Transit Bureau, the Manhattan Task Force. He did the job to the best of his abilitiy and with his heart. That is the reason he was at the twin towers on 9/11, because his heart was in his job as a police officer. God Bless his family.
— Ret. P.O. Ed Steele
Posted: November 12, 2010, 2:10 pm

Think about you all the time Bro'.......
— Tim Jeffrey
Posted: January 10, 2011, 4:25 pm

A great cop, one tough SOB, yet more than anything, a true gentlemen. I will never forgive or forget. RIP bro.
— MARK G. TUFANO
Posted: July 22, 2011, 2:46 am

DAD ITS BEEN 10 YEARS & I STILL GET CHOKED UP WHEN I THINK OF YOU. I STILL CANNOT THINK OF PROPER WORDS TO SAY TO ABOUT YOU & YOUR HEROICS OF THAT DAY. I STRIVE EVERYDAY TO BE 1/2 THE MAN U WERE. AS THE 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES, I AM WITH A HEAVY HEART, BUT I AM PROUD TO SHARE THE SAME NAME AS A HERO!!! I LOVE YOU DAD!
— RAMON SUAREZ JR
Posted: August 19, 2011, 10:48 am

Dear Ray, I remember being in In-Tac training with you when it used to be in the Transit Museum. You were conscientious about giving us rookies your knowledge & expertise that day & always. My fond memory was typing your arrest # for you the last time I saw you which was in Feb. 2001, a day before I got transferred out of D-01 when I was pregnant. I miss you & wish you eternal blessings.
— P.O. Michelle Zurita
Posted: September 4, 2011, 8:15 pm

What can you say about Ray, Great cop and great father to his children. Ray is that cool under pressure type of guy. If there was a problem it got fixed, no second thoughts and no regrets. I thank you Ray for making my years at D-4 so enjoyable. You da man Ray, and we all miss you.
— PO/Ret. Emil Feliciano
Posted: September 8, 2011, 8:18 pm

Shortly after 9-11-2011 I rode in a motorcycle procession wearing a wrist band with the name "PO Ramon Suarez" on it. There were 10,000 motorcycles in that procession but none was as proud to ride for such an outstanding citizen as I. I'm sorry we lost you Ray. We need men like you now more than ever. RIP. We will never, ever, forget you.
— Woody Phillips
Posted: September 9, 2011, 8:15 pm

I was privileged to work at TD 4 where suarez work, as a former member of NYPD I am proud to have work in the same Dist. As him, I graduated in first class after 9/11 and to have my locker in the same row as suarez made me feel like if I would met him , I would of have a great friend , god bless you Ramon and your family.
— carlos monterroso
Posted: September 10, 2011, 4:45 pm

Ray, I can't believe it has been ten years. I can still remember chatting away with you in July, 2001 over a collar we were involved with over a shooting at 59/Lex. You were already in Dist. 4 but we were remeniscing about TMTF. After that day, we said "stay safe, we'll talk!" and you were gone. Just saw your daughter reading you name at the memorial for 9-11. She looks like a great kid. You'd be proud. R.I.P. brother, until we meet again.
— Jorge Obregon
Posted: September 11, 2011, 1:16 pm

Ray, I can't believe it has been ten years. I can still remember chatting away with you in July, 2001 over a collar we were involved with over a shooting at 59/Lex. You were already in Dist. 4 but we were remeniscing about TMTF. After that day, we said "stay safe, we'll talk!" and you were gone. Just saw your daughter reading your name at the memorial for 9-11. She looks like a great kid. You'd be proud. R.I.P. brother, until we meet again.
— Jorge Obregon
Posted: September 11, 2011, 1:21 pm

In December 2001 I received a Mercy Band as a gift. It is engraved with Ramon Suarez's name. I wear it with pride and say a prayer for his family each time. I have thought of him and his family often today. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
— China Samuelson
Posted: September 11, 2011, 10:26 pm

It has been 10 years since last I seen you. And never a day goes bye that I dont think of you. We were good friends and even better partners on patrol.It has never been the same working with other cops.We had a special bond when we worked together.It seemed as if we could read each others mind when we came onto a police condition.Now I find myself alone.No one I wish to call Partner..No one close to share my thoughts and a good joke with.You always laughed at my jokes..As our commanders used to say "we were a piece of work together"..Rest my friend, all is well at home with Carmen and Jillian..As promissed I will always look after them until its time for me to see you again..I hope heaven has some COOL sector cars so you and I can hit the road again.. Your boy Steve aka(RICO Suave)
— P.O.Steven Rentas (ret)
Posted: November 29, 2011, 11:09 pm

Although I never had the pleasure - make that honor - of meeting you in person- I wanted to write this anyhow. I know your children Sophie and Ramon for many years -and they are quite the troopers. I think any parent would be so proud. I have frequently passed by P.S. 239 - the Ramon Suarez school - and only now realized that it was my HS friends father the school was named after. My sister's children attended it. I know you left behind a legacy.....and I know that your memory will live on with your family and friends...and I just wanted to say RIP.....
— Annonymous
Posted: February 21, 2012, 3:58 pm

So sorry about the prior entry. I submitted incomplete by error. As i said prior i find myself thinking of you with an empty heart. So much has happen and i have no one to share it with. Even with all my family by my side I still feel alone. No other friend or partner has filled that void. Years have gone by and it feels like yesterday. The pain and disbelief of what happened that day is so fresh in my mind. Why did it happen? Its so unfair, so many good and kind souls were taken from their loved ones. Why did god take my friend. i guess god had a larger mission for you to accomplish. This i say to myself so as to justify in my heart and mind why god choose you. It hurts less when i think of it that way. as always be COOL partner and thank you very much for being my good friend for so many year's. Your brother in heart steve..
— P.O. STEVE RENTAS
Posted: September 11, 2012, 1:30 am

Having ray in my life as a close friend cannot be properly reflected in words I miss him dearly and I feel the pain Carmen and his daughter must endore on this difficult day .... To have touched by his soul is something that anyone who never meet him can understand .. A handsome well built man who was a blessing to all he touched ... It never surprised me he took the lead to help others while others watched from a distance ... He is beyond a hero he is will always be gods angel who protected us all ... I have many personnel memory's of him that one can ever take away from me ... Our group of friends always will watch over his wife and beautiful daughter ..... May god bless you ray for one day we will all be as one it's just god needed you that day more than we did .... Love you angel ....
— Angel colon
Posted: September 11, 2012, 8:32 am

Ray was a great guy , and my track coach always remembered
— Mustangs00
Posted: September 11, 2012, 10:30 am

think of you alot GOD BLESS YOU CUZ
— peggy mooney
Posted: September 11, 2012, 9:42 pm

IT BEEN 11 YEARS DADDY , AND NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK OF YOU AND MISS YOU . EVER SINCE YOU LEFT NOTHING HAS BEEN THE SAME. I'M NOW 20 AND STILL CAN'T BELIEVE YOU LEFT . IT HURTS SO MUCH TO KNOW I'M GROWING UP WITHOUT YOU .BEING ABLE TO HEAR " YOU ARE A TWIN OF YOUR FATHER" MAKES ME SO HAPPY ,EVERYONE MISSES YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING , NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON'T SPEAK OF YOU OR SPEAK OF SOMETHING FUNNY YOU'VE DONE. I FINALLY MET YOUR FAVORITE COUSIN JOSE AND I WANTED TO CRY AT HOW MUCH HE LOOKED LIKE YOU . .I HAVE TO SAY I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF WHAT YOU DID FOR PEOPLE YOU NEVER MET . YOU ARE A TRUE HERO AND I'M SO PROUD TO CARRY THE NAME SUAREZ WHERE EVER GO . I PROMISE YOU WILL FOREVER LIVE WITHIN ME MY HERO MY EVERYTHING MY BEST FRIEND . RIP MY HERO UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
— JILLIAN SUAREZ
Posted: September 17, 2012, 5:34 pm

You are thought about and prayed for everyday. Rest in Peace Ramon.
— Tommy
Posted: September 11, 2013, 7:06 am

It's been a long time Ray. It was an honor working with you at Grand Central, fun memories. Godspeed. PO Hugh Diver Retired MTS Pct
— Hugh F Diver
Posted: September 11, 2013, 10:08 am

I just saw his daughter read his name while holding a picture of him, today -9/11/13. It touched my heart. The picture wasn't clear on TV, but I could see that it was of Office Suarez helping a distraught women that day. I looked on the internet and read his story. To his family, your Dad and husnad is a true hero to be proud of! Our family lost a family member that day as well, so we are all connected by this tragedy. Carry his strength with you through life, and his death will not have been in vein. God Bless.
— Bill R.
Posted: September 11, 2013, 12:39 pm

I met ray over 29 years ago on Webster Ave in Brooklyn. he was the nicest guy you would ever want to meet and when we heard the news I went stone cold. But ray and his family should always know he is forever inour thoughts. So much so that this year my 13 year old son Ethan came to me and said I want to run Tunnel to Towers and Ray is in his memory. So if you see someone with a Red Tanktop saying ETHAN and South River NJ Police Logo - On the back Ray's name, badge and command. Rest in peace buddy - never forgotten The Anthony family South River NJ
— Gordon Anthony
Posted: September 13, 2013, 2:59 pm

 


 

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