Officers Remember Those Lost On 9/11

Mack Rosenberg/WCBS 880

Police Officers Remember Their Own Who Lost Lives To 9/11 Attacks

September 07, 2018 - 3:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Four days ahead of the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, members of the NYPD gathered at Battery Park Friday to remember their own.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, it has been a longstanding tradition for NYPD bagpipers to come to the Battery every year and remember officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Members of the band would come down, it became a tradition for the rookies of the band to come and play ‘Amazing Grace’ along with a few other tunes. We'd say a few prayers, and I'd be lying if I didn't say we'd leave and have a few pints in one of the local bars and toast those on the wall,” said NYPD Detective Kevin McDonough, bandmaster of the pipes and drums. “Of course, all that changed after 9/11."

McDonough also spoke about some of his friends – just a few of the more than 150 members of the NYPD who have died from 9/11-related illnesses. He said they were supposed to grow old together.

Most of the bands are from the area. But the Toronto Police Department did have some of its members present, and one man, David Barnett, came in front Texas.

Barnett is a lieutenant in the Collin County Sheriff’s office.

"It's humbling,” he said. “Like I said, the biggest part is hearing the stories from the local PD guys and the people who were there and the people they lost, and it gives it a real personal feeling."