|There is a saying among police officers: "When people are in trouble, they call the cops. When cops are in trouble, they call Emergency Service." Santos Valentin Jr., a member of the New York Police Department's Emergency Service Squad 7, answered the call on Sept. 11.|
Officer Valentin was a sharpshooter trained in counterterrorism tactics, said his sister, Sgt. Denise Valentin, and his family thought that if anyone could come out alive in this attack, it would be him.
What have lived on are the memories - of the jokes he played on his colleagues, of how he loved his dog, Luger (so much that he would leave the Animal Planet channel on for him when he was not home), of his love for family and friends, and of his bravery. Officer Valentin was not afraid of death, but he did hate funerals. So, a few days ago, his family gave him a send-off at the rubble of the World Trade Center, where he was last seen. He loved his Budweiser, so they poured him a can and said their goodbyes.
| - The New York Times 10/06/2001
Police Officer Santos Valentin was remembered yesterday by his partner as a man "who lived for the job."
Police Officer John Dallara was remembered as someone who gave up a teaching career to become a cop.
Valentin and Dallara, both of the Emergency Service Unit of the Special Operations Division, were two of the 23 officers officially reported missing Friday. From the Port Authority police, two have been confirmed dead and 35 were missing, officials said.
Of all the units in the NYPD, ESU took the hardest hit. Fifteen of the 23 officers came from its ranks.
Valentin's partner, Sgt. Richard Kemmler, recalled that Valentin, of Richmond Hill, had saved "lots of jumpers and lots of swimmers."
"He was in the water lots of times," Kemmler said, "and he wasn't a good swimmer."
Kemmler said Valentin loved the job so much he used his own money to purchase equipment, such as special boots and gloves.
"He bought me a pair," Kemmler added. "I didn't want to take them."
Every name on the missing list had a singular story of heartbreak.
Police Officer Glenn Pettit, who worked in the Police Academy, was part of the unit that videotaped special events. He was last seen filming the aftermath of the terrorist attack.
Police Officer Joseph Vigiano, also of ESU, has a brother in the Fire Department also reported missing.
Another officer, Tommy Langone, was chief of the Roslyn police department.
Port Authority Police Officer Dominick Santos, 36, a father of two from the Bronx who joined the force last year, died in the sublevels of one of the skyscrapers while trying to save two trapped colleagues, Sgt. John McLoughlin and Officer William Jimeo, said Gus Danese, president of the Port Authority police union. He had been working elsewhere and commandeered a bus with other officers to the World Trade Center to help, he said.
"While he was attempting to rescue them, that's when the building came down," Danese said. "The rescue workers actually wrapped his body in the American flag and took him out, and later they presented the flag to his wife."
Port Authority Police Officer George Howard, 34, a 16-year veteran and father of two, was off the day of the attack. He called in after the first plane struck and was told to report to the World Trade Center, Danese said.
"He died trying to get people out of the building," Danese said.
| - New York Newsday Victim Database 9/16/2001|
Police Officer Santos Valentin Jr., 39, was appointed to the NYPD on January 4, 1984, and began his career on patrol in Neighborhood Stabilization Unit 4. Prior to being assigned to ESU 7 in March 1996, he worked in the 19 Precinct and the Street Crime Unit. A graduate of the Academy of Aeronautics, he was a mechanic before joining the NYPD. He was a longtime member of the Boy Scouts of America, where he had risen to the rank of Life Scout. His hobbies included golfing, fishing, gun collecting, aeronautics, camping, and white-water rafting. He is survived by his parents Gloria and Santos Sr.; sisters Alida, Denise and Rosa; and brothers Eduardo and Elliott. Denise is an NYPD sergeant assigned to the Patrol Borough Manhattan South.
| - SPRING 3100, Commemorative Issue|
|(patch created by Dee Cook for the |
CubScout Pack 233 Memorial American Flag Quilt)
|(patch from Barnum Woods Elementary School Quilt)|
Nancie will hold Santos Valentin always in her heart