New York Post
March 24, 2002

Police Pay Tribute to Finest Heroine

By MARIANNE GARVEY, MARK STAMEY and CLEMENTE LISN

Thousands of police lined up outside a Queens church yesterday to pay tribute to courageous Officer Moira Smith, who died after helping people escape from the World Trade Center.

"She represents the best of the NYPD and she will never be forgotten," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. "She impacted thousands of lives. She is a genuine hero."

Smith, 38, was the only female officer among 23 NYPD comrades who were killed on Sept. 11.

"She worked with courage and conviction," Moira's husband, James Smith, who is also a police officer, told the crowd at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. "She always had a smile on her face."

Smith's remains were recovered from Ground Zero last Wednesday.

Smith, a 13-year veteran of the department who worked at the 13th Precinct, rushed to the scene and helped guide injured people to safety.

Meanwhile, hundreds of firefighters consoled each other at a funeral service in Somerset, N.J., for hero firefighter John Collins.

Collins' sister, Eileen, thanked rescue workers for retrieving her brother's body from the mangled wreckage, "so we could have a funeral on our own terms."

She also called on the crowd to remember him as a hero.

"Remember John with smiles, not tears," she said.

Mayor Bloomberg said the Fire Department "saw the moral issue involved and put their own selves at risk for the sake of others."

In another ceremony, dozens at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown recalled the generosity of FDNY chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge.

Additional reporting by Georgett Roberts