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Plaques for two fallen Nassau officers, victims of 9/11, join memorial - Newsday coverage

May 16, 2019
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The two new bronze-cast plaques, which brings the number of police officers' names on the memorial to 40, were unveiled Thursday at the department's annual ceremony to honor its fallen.


By Nicole Fuller
May 16, 2019

Nassau County Police Officers Peter F. Curran and James V. Quinn worked for weeks on the recovery efforts in lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.

Curran, a 34-year department veteran and member of the Marine Bureau, helped ferry emergency workers around Manhattan on his police boat and worked at Ground Zero. Quinn, a longtime member of the Mounted Unit who retired after 321/2  years on the job, also worked on the pile. They were two of some 400 officers the Nassau department sent into Manhattan daily after the attacks.

Both men died from 9/11 related illnesses, police officials said, and are the two newest additions to the Nassau County Police Department's memorial to officers who died in the line of duty. The two new bronze-cast plaques, which brings the number of police officers' names on the monument to 40, were unveiled Thursday at the department's annual ceremony to honor its fallen.

"He rushed in there," said Curran's daughter, Heather, as she stood near the memorial with her mother, Evelyn. "He went in there to help people that were stuck. He was a great man."

NYPD Det. Kelly Quinn of the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn attended the ceremony with his mother and the fallen officer's wife, Rose Quinn. "He loved his job," said the son. "He taught me everything I know about being a police officer."

Curran died April 12, 2006, at 64 years old and Quinn died at 69 years old on Sept. 18, 2017.

The ceremony, which coincided with National Police Week events in Washington, D.C., included a Nassau police helicopter flyover and tunes from the Nassau County Police Emerald Society Bagpipe Band.

The memorial was first dedicated in 1982. Since then, it has grown from an original rock monument at the center, to include six tall slabs of black concrete, with facial etchings of the fallen officers caste into bronze plaques.

Heather Curran said her late father died from esophageal cancer caused, she said, from "breathing in the fumes at Ground Zero." Her father, she said, "would have loved" the ceremony.

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