New York Post
February 15, 2002

SALUTE TO A HEROINE

By LARRY CELONA

More than 10,000 cops lined up outside St. Patrick's Cathedral yesterday on what would have been Officer Moira Smith's 39th birthday to honor the courageous officer who died rescuing people at the World Trade Center.

Patricia Smith, 2, holding a small stuffed toy, sat in the front row with her cop dad, James, as Edward Cardinal Egan said her mom was a hero even before Sept. 11.

"In 1991, she saved numerous people at the Union Square subway derailment," Egan told mourners at the memorial Mass including Gov. Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

On Sept. 11, Smith was the only female officer among 23 NYPD comrades who were killed.

James Smith, recalling that Valentine's Day was the 10th anniversary of their first date, spoke of his wife's zest for life.

"Moira was a beautiful person. She looked at each day as a gift from God, but her greatest gift was Patricia," he said.

Smith said the three must have watched "The Wizard of Oz" over 200 times, and that one line now holds special meaning. It's when the Wizard tells the Tin Man "a heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved," Smith said, adding that "looking around here today, Moira was very loved."

Bloomberg said he was there to represent members of the NYPD and "the 8 million New Yorkers, 25,000 of whom were able to get out of the World Trade Center thanks to the courageous effort of Moira Smith and others."

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch read mourners a letter from President Bush calling Moira Smith a "true American hero."