New York Post
March 21, 2002

Policewoman Found

By PHILIP MESSING, ED ROBINSON and WILLIAM NEUMAN

  
DIED HELPING OTHERS:
The remains of Officer Moira Smith, the only female city cop killed in the World Trade Center, were recovered yesterday.
- Rick Dembow
 

March 21, 2002 — The remains of five uniformed officers, including the only female city cop to die at the World Trade Center, were recovered yesterday in rubble that appeared to be from the south tower's lobby, officials said.

Recovery workers found the remains of Moira Smith, including her badge, at 5 a.m. in debris taken from the south tower, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Recovery workers in the same area also uncovered the remains of two court officers, identified as Tom Jurgens, 26, and Mitchel Wallace, 34, and two unidentified Port Authority police officers.

Large numbers of remains have been recovered this month from a pile of compacted south-tower debris previously used as a truck ramp. The south tower was the first to fall and many rescuers were caught there.

Smith, 38, the mother of a 2-year-old girl, rushed to the scene after the attack and helped guide injured people to safety. Her husband, James Smith, is also a police officer.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly helped carry Smith's remains from ground zero.

"I can see how it does bring closure to the families," he said of yesterday's recoveries. "It's hard to describe it, but there is this sense of relief."

Kelly spoke at a memorial service for Smith on Valentine's Day - what would have been her 39th birthday.

"She was really a pretty remarkable person," the commissioner said.

Two female officers were killed at the trade center. Port Authority police Capt. Kathy Mazza's remains were recovered last month.

Smith, was a 13-year-veteran assigned to the 13th Precinct.

Jurgens was a newlywed former Army combat medic from Long Island.

Wallace, who also had served as an EMT, "told me he had the greatest job in the world," his fiancée, Noreen McDonough, said at a posthumous medal ceremony in November.

A third court officer also died — his body has still not been recovered.