Moira Ann Smith, a brave police officer from Queens Village who died on 9/11, has had a playground in Manhattan renamed in her honor. She is credited with saving many lives on the tragic day, and her heroism serves as an inspiration to others.
“It is because of Officer Smith and committed citizens like her that we are still able to celebrate our many freedoms and privileges as New Yorkers and Americans,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a prepared statement. “With this dedication, the City of New York humbly thanks and commemorates this selfless hero, mother and wife.”
Smith successfully evacuated “hundreds” of people out of Tower Two, valiantly returning multiple times to rescue more and more, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who called her “a beacon of calm in the chaos, leading the injured to care.”
But Sept. 11 was not the first time Smith demonstrated her bravery. A decade earlier, Smith pulled survivors from a derailed train earning a Distinguished Duty medal. She also responded when a bomb exploded in a subway car on Fulton Street, injuring 40 people in 1994.
Smith was appointed to the Transit Police Department in July 1988. She served in Transit Districts 2, 4 and 30, before joining Manhattan’s 13th Precinct in March 1996.
While assigned to Transit District 4, Smith met her husband, James, who also was a police officer, assigned to the Police Academy. The couple has one daughter, Patricia.
Prior to joining the NYPD, Smith worked in the travel industry. She and her husband enjoyed taking trips together and even ran with the bulls during a visit to Spain in 1995. Smith was 38 years old when she was killed in the World Trade Center attacks.