(Michael Mink/Investors.com)- Moira Smith was selfless in the line of duty. Whether sprinting several levels of New York City’s subway system to aid victims of a terrible derailment, or chasing down an armed-robbery suspect on her lunch break, or racing to the World Trade Center on 9/11, she was fulfilling a childhood goal of helping others by becoming a police officer.
As an officer in the New York Police Department, Smith was doing just that on 9/11 — helping to evacuate people from the World Trade Center’s south tower — when it collapsed.
In all, nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001, in the attacks carried out by 19 al-Qaida terrorists who hijacked four commercial jets. Two of the jets smashed into the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center. Another was flown into the Pentagon and the last one crashed in Shanksville, Pa., when heroic passengers, aware of what had transpired with the other flights, fought the hijackers.
Along with 343 firefighters who were killed, Smith, 38, was among 72 law enforcement personnel who died in the attacks.
“(Moira) was so compassionate, so serious about her work,” said NYPD Sgt. Mary Young in the book, “Women at Ground Zero,” by Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba. “Nothing could have stopped her from running into that building to help save lives on September 11. Nothing.”
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