Artwork Honors 9/11 Heroes

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Art imitated life Monday inside Police Headquarters where 9/11 paintings were shown before permanently going on display at police facilities throughout the city.  The paintings, created by the Society of Illustrators, were produced to honor officers who lost their lives or were injured during the attacks on the World Trade Center, and those who contracted illnesses related to the recovery efforts in the many months and years following.

The eight pieces of art were previously in Washington, D.C., on display at the Capitol Rotunda to help raise awareness for the renewal of the Zadroga Act.  Police Commissioner Bratton thanked the families of the officers and artists for all they have done to ensure that the Zadroga Act was renewed and that we never forget the heroics shown by first responders on that day.

“I’m happy to say that because of the efforts of the men and women in this room, as well as others, such as the state’s congressional delegation, the Zadroga Act was renewed early last month,” said Police Commissioner Bratton.

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Elizabeth Williams, the vice president of the First Precinct Community Council, and Catherine Hughes, the Chair of Manhattan’s Community Board 1, were also responsible for organizing the idea of recognizing officers through art.  Ms. Williams and Hughes are residents in downtown communities during 9/11 and wanted to further show their support for first responders.

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Police Commissioner Bratton with Deputy Commissioner Perez and Chief Purtel recognizing Elizabeth Williams, the vice president of the First Precinct Community Council, and Catherine Hughes, the Chair of Manhattan’s Community Board 1.

Members of Service Represented in Paintings

  • Deputy Chief Theresa Tobin
    • Active Duty, Collaborative Policing
  • Deputy Chief Steven Bonano
    • Deceased: January 17, 2015
  • Sergeant. John Ryan
    • Active duty, SI Property Clerk
    • PO during 9/11
  • Detective George Taylor (retired)
    • Diagnosed with Cancer in Oct. 2012
  • Police Officer Frank Macri
    • Deceased: September 3, 2007
  • Police Officer Judith Castro
    • Active duty, PSA 8
    • Awarded Medal of Honor
  • Police Officer Ramon Suarez
    • Deceased: Tragically lost his life when the North Tower collapsed
  • Detective Patrick McGee (retired)
    • Awarded Medal of Honor
  • Detective Scott Straus (retired)
    • Awarded Medal of Honor