New York 1 News

September 24, 2001

Manhattan's Precinct 13 Mourns Its Missing Officers

ImageEach day, NY1 pays tribute to firefighters, police officers and medics who were killed in the September 11 World Trade Center attacks or are among the missing. NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy filed this report on the 13th Precinct, where several units are missing members.

Officer Moira Smith, 38, is among two officers assigned to the 13th Precinct who have been missing since the World Trade Center attacks.

Smith is married to a fellow police officer with whom she has a 2-year-old daughter.

"She's just a great girl," says fellow officer Scott Kimmins of Smith. "She's got a little girl, my daughter's age as well. We use the same pediatrician."

Officer Bobby Fazio is also missing from the 13th Precinct. Fazio, who has been with the department for 17 years, was named "Officer of the Month" earlier this year.

"He was always there for you if you needed him," says fellow officer James Kelleher. "He was a good friend, a good cop."

Inside the stationhouse, family members and friends have put up pictures of the two officers. They — and others — have also have left flowers, candles and thank-you cards.

One of the crads, scribbled in pencil with a child's handwriting, reads: "You are brave and tough. You always take good care of New York City. Take care of yourselves, too"

There are also bags of donated gloves and masks for the workers at the Trade Center site, along with towels, medical supplies and trays of food — some wrapped in bags with notes from people around the country.

Just a block away at the Police Academy, candles burn for 30-year-old Officer Glenn Pettit. He was inside Tower Two, filming the destruction for investigators, when it collapsed.

Both he and Smith were last seen evacuating people from the towers.

"There are no words that can describe the pain and anguish," says Officer Scott Nicholson.

Next to the 13th Precinct is Rescue Squad 1 of the Emergency Service Unit, where members are waiting to hear about their own missing officers, including Officer Brian McDonnell, who was in Tower Two when it collapsed.

McDonnell is married with two young children.

"If you were looking for someone to epitomize being an emergency cop, he was it," says Officer Ken Winkler. "Even though he was new, he was aggressive. He always wanted to learn."

Thirty emergency service officers responded to the World Trade Center on September 11; fourteen of them are missing.