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September 9, 2016

The life of Moira Smith, the only female NYPD officer to die in the line of duty on 9/11


“Researching Moira Smith, the only female NYPD officer to die in the line of duty on 9/11, was one of the most moving experiences for me,” says Cheryl Mullenbach, who profiled Smith in the YA collective biography Women in Blue. “Interviewing her close friends, husband, and 16-year-old daughter (who was only 2 at the time of Moira’s death), was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.”

In advance of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we share Moira Smith’s story.


Women in BlueExcerpted from Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More by Cheryl Mullenbach. Check out our full interview with Cheryl.




Sep 12, 2016
Darenda Austin says:

What a beautiful person inside & out, rest in peace Officer Moira.

Apr 05, 2017
michael gottlieb says:

No Greater Love……….My dad was killed in Normandy in combat during World War 2. Where does this
courage and dedication to duty come from? I think about my dad often but have no conscious memory
of him. But we can pray for the souls of our heroes.

Jun 21, 2017
AV says:

Bless you Officer Moira. I’ll Never forget your bravery and selflessness during one of the most, if not the most horrific and savage events of modern times. Prayers to your friends and family who carry on your memory. A special prayer to the survivors she was able to help and also to the poor souls who perished alongside her.

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