Name : Smith, Moira 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 10467 Command: 013 Pct.
Date of Death: 2001-09-11   Cause of Death: World Trade Center Attack
     
 On Sept. 11, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, Officer Smith had seen the attack from miles away at the 13th Precinct station house on East 21st St. ?She could have done 100 important tasks there and no one would have questioned her courage and dedication,? he added. ?But she wanted to be where she could make the most difference.? She gathered together a group of officers, including Police Officer Robert Fazio, who also died on that day, and headed to the World Trade Center. For her efforts on Sept. 11, Smith, the only female NYPD officer to die in the attacks, was posthumously awarded the department's highest accolade, the Medal of Honor.

Moira Smith is honored with "P.O. Moira Smith Way", which is located at 74th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Brooklyn.
  
 
     
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Thank you for you courage & commitment that terrible day. God bless you and your family.
— Dennis

ANGELS COME TOGETHER WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT. MY GIVEN NAME IS ANGEL AND THE GIVEN NAME HOLDS DEAR TO MY SOUL. MAY THE UNIVERSE WRAP THOSE YOU LOVE WITH THE INTENSIONS YOU CARRY.
— ANGEL SMITH

I NEVER PERSONALLY MET YOU, BUT I CAN SPEAK AS A FELLOW FEMALE POLICE OFFICER THAT YOU ARE TRULY AN ANGEL, WHEN I SEE THAT PICTURE OF YOU HELPING A BLEEDING CIVILIAN ON 9/11/01, I CANT IMAGINE WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND,BUT YOU ARE FEARLESS AND I WHEN I GO ON PATROL YOU GIVE ME ALOT OF COURAGE IN HANDLING A STRESSFUL SITUATION.YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY ESPECIALLY YOUR LITTLE GIRL WHO WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER MOM AS A TRUE HERO.
— LEAH

I am a Corporal Police Officer in the City of Washington, NC, and I would like to express my greatest sympathy to the family of Officer Smith. It appears from the this article about her actions, she was a brave Police Woman! My thougts go out to all of Smith's family & Fellow officers. May God Bless you all. Rest in Peace "Moira" greater is your treasure in Heaven. Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of God! These are my tearful thoughts about Moira's courageous attempts on September 11, 2001. End
— Corporal T.Franks

Officer Moira Smith has been an incredible inspiration to me in my work. I work as a counter-terrorist for a living; I teach at several schools associated with the U> S> Army Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I have worked on issues of terrorism since the l960's, so after 9/11 there was a great demand for my services at the Fort. Unfortunately, because of bureaucratic red tape, I could not be paid for much of my work. But I said to myself: If Officer Smith can give her life to protect people from terrorists, I can "take a hit in the pocketbook." So, I do a lot of work for the military for free in the "War on Terrorism." And I do not consider myself in any way a hero for what I do--Officer Smith is the real heroine! Sincerely, Respectfully, and In Christ, Ernest Evans
— Dr. Ernest Evans

I first learned of Moira Smith's courage while watching her husband Jimmy and daughter Patricia Mary christen a ferry in honor of her, on the news, a couple of months after September 11th. I was immediately saddened by Moira's death and from then on i prayed for her family. She is my role model and is by far the best example of courage and strength especially since she was the only female police officer killed on September 11 2001. Its such a shame that good individuals like Moira were taken in such a cowardly manner. I have heard many great things about Moira and i wish i had the pleasure of meeting her. I truly believe that Moira is watching over her family and friends. God Bless! the nypd lost a good cop on that terrible day..thinking of you 2/22/06
— kelly

Today, 9/12/06 the Orange County Register ( Los Angeles) placed a front page picture of Moira daughter Patricia on the cover of their newspaper. I'm a typical guy, but the emotion I felt looking at that photo was something I can't describe. Here's this beautiful 7 year old girl, dressed in a delicate pink dress and pink sweater, holding a single rose in one hand, holding her fathers hand in the other...she has a look on her face of "why".....you can see she's trying to make sense of it all. I have two girls and I love them so so much, I hope my daughters never have to have that feeling. I hope they never have that look on their face. I hope that I'am always a good father. My heart goes out to Patricia Smith....just seven years old...may God bless her, comfort her, for the rest of her life. I wish there was something I could do to help her... Ken
— ken thomas

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: December 27, 2006, 9:53 am

God bless your little girl. My father was killed in the line of duty when I was 3 years old. The NYPD never forgets and they always 'take care of their own'. Your husband and daughter will remain in my thoughts and prayers forever. Rest in peace.
— Anonymouss
Posted: January 8, 2007, 7:06 pm

Moira you are in our prayers. Every Valentines day I think of you.
— CPG
Posted: June 16, 2007, 8:19 pm

I'll always remember Moira Smith because she was the only female nypd officer to die in the attacks. I think of her often and I hope that her husband and daughter are coping well. I wish I had been fortunate to have met her because she seems like a truly remarkable individual. May God bless her family, especially her little girl. May they always feel your presence. Rest in Peace Moira!
— Kelly
Posted: September 11, 2007, 8:41 pm

It feels like it was only yesterday that I saw you park your RMP on Dey street, share a couple quick words and watched you run right off into the towers. Never thinking it would be the last time that I would see you. If I knew then what I know now I would have grabbed you never let you go. Well I would have tried, but knowing you, you would have still gone. I recently took my daughter to the NYPD police museum and they have your gun belt recovered from the site in their 9-11 exhibit and to think of how close I was to that gun belt and to you that day and knowing the outcome haunts me still. I sometimes see pictures of Patricia in the news and she seems to be growing up in quite a beautiful little woman. I am sure you would have been proud. God bless you, Jimmy and Patricia. I will never Forget you, Mark and Ray. RIP
— Vic Montalvo
Posted: November 23, 2007, 12:42 am

Dear Moira, I think of you often. I miss trading stories of our little girls. My heart breaks everytime I think about Patricia and how you can't be apart of her life. Everynight I can, I slip into my daughters bedroom and give her a kiss and thank God for an other day with her. I was one of the lucky ones to have known you and work with you. I miss you. May your family always be safe.
— NYPD Police Officer Jeanette DeLucia, 13pct
Posted: June 2, 2008, 10:09 am

MOIRA THANK YOU SO FOR HELPING ME WHEN I WAS ROOKIE IN DIST 4 I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING
— NATHAN MOLE
Posted: July 20, 2008, 7:27 pm

I am police officer in western NY and I was working that tragic day. To Officer Smith, you are the pride of your city, your co-workers and your family. You will always be MY HERO!
— Patty
Posted: September 6, 2008, 10:41 pm

May Moira be always remembered.I always pray for her.Ret.PO Tony Cavello.
— Tony Cavello
Posted: November 16, 2009, 3:03 pm

I just watched a video about Moira and I was so proud of her on September 11th. When I saw pictures of her daughter I wanted to cry. I hope her daughter grows up to know how incredible her mother was.
— Josie
Posted: January 15, 2010, 6:33 pm

I want to express my prayers and thoughts to Moira's family and friends. I am a retired Police Officer from a Northern suburb in Illinois. I was on active duty on that horrific day, 9-11-01, and watched closely about all of the tragic information that came along with it. After that horrific tragity, I had an opportunity to receive a bracelet band from one of the fireman in our town about the rescue workers that did not make it. I immediately picked Moira's. On the band it shows her name, 9-11-01, her Prt, and the American Flag. I didn't know about Moira but I wore that band/bracelet everyday. But come to find out about Moira, I learned we had a lot in common. I had twins that same age of her daughter, and our personalities matched. Like I said, I wore that bracelet/band everyday on duty and off duty. I still wear it. I was wondering if Jim and his daughter would like this band. I feel that they should deserve it over me. They may have one already, but if you like I will give it to you with a newspaper picture and article of Jim and their daughter at a Memorial service. I always think about 9-11-01, and all the people and rescue workers that lost thier lives. Please email me if you would like this band/bracelet. I am more than willing to give it to Jim. My heart is with you and God Bless. Karen
— Karen Oehlerking
Posted: March 12, 2010, 11:06 am

In an essay for school in 2001, my daughter wrote about Ofc. Smith and her heroism. As a family, we have NEVER forgotten her heroism and sacrifice and we NEVER will. May God give you comfort on this difficult day.
— june lindborg
Posted: September 11, 2010, 8:28 pm

Moira.....you are missed.Rest in peace.
— Alan Silverberg
Posted: October 29, 2010, 6:51 pm

Moria, I first met you and Jimmy when I started working at Dist 4. Was class of 89-05. We quickly became friends I can remember working the subways with you and all of us going out after 4-12s. All good times. You were a hell of a cop and friend. You and Jimmy even flew out to my wedding in Texas where I got married. You are missed and thought of often. RIP
— Joe Garofano
Posted: September 10, 2011, 10:17 pm

Its been ten years today and our hearts still break, Ive seen your daughter on tv and must say you'ed be so proud of her strength. Thank you for all you did on that horrible day. As a fellow NYPD officer I salute you, May you rest in peace! My prayers are with your Family.. PO Madden
— lynn madden
Posted: September 11, 2011, 12:42 am

R.I.P. Moira. You are truly a hero. I never knew you but I know your cousin Molly.
— Kim Barnes
Posted: September 11, 2011, 10:16 am

I heard about Moira and her great spirit from my husband, who had been her captain in district 4. He thought she was a great cop and a great person,... sadly, she proved it, on september,11.
— pmb
Posted: September 12, 2011, 9:21 am

Dear Moira, We started working together briefly when I got transferred, some might not have wanted to work with a "dark cloud" but you were nothing but nice. You were only steady female partner I ever worked with and the best cop I ever worked with, Jimmy
— Jimmy
Posted: January 23, 2012, 10:48 am

Moira and I worked at the 13th Precinct together. We especially did our overtime and talked about what we were going to do once we retired. I am so happy me and several female officers gave her a baby shower to celebrate the beautiful baby girl she would have on July 20. I told her to hold onto the baby until July 21, which is my birthday. I will never forget that beautiful sunny day, September 11, 2001! Moira and Bobby Fazio were in their van headed to the WTC and I was going to go with them, but I left my hat on my desk (unaware of the situation downtown) and ran back into the precinct to get it and Moira said "I'm leaving you"! I will always wonder, what if they would have waited for me! I can still see her face as she yelled "c'mon, you're are so slow"! Damn Moira! I retired May 31, 2012, and I am going to live out some of those dreams we spoke of, especially to travel I won't get that wennebaggo you always spoke of but I will travel! I am so grateful I have beautiful pictures and memories to hold onto! Moira will never be forgotten!
— Francine Stokes Jenkins (Retired, 13th Pct)
Posted: January 17, 2013, 5:06 pm

You are thought about and prayed for everyday. Rest in Peace Moria
— Tommy
Posted: September 11, 2013, 7:08 am

She was one strong women and our thoughts and prayers for her family is there
— tina stratemeyer
Posted: September 11, 2013, 1:30 pm

Thank you for everything you did that day. You will never be forgotten. -Kyle Pflager-Fort Carson, CO Police Dept
— SPC Pflager
Posted: September 11, 2013, 1:48 pm

Thank you Moira on behalf of all that wish to live in peace and freedom. God Bless you and your family.
— Terry Nibbs
Posted: May 23, 2014, 4:24 am

Moira I wish everyone knew what a great person and professional you are. I have some good memories. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: September 11, 2014, 4:29 am

I met Officer Smith while working in the Traffic Violations Bureau on Rector Street. She was always pleasant and professional. The NYPD was fortunate to have had Officer Smith in their ranks.
— Gregg Davenport
Posted: September 11, 2014, 5:26 pm

 


 

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