In Memoriam: The nearly 300 security officers killed in the Sept. 11 attacks

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On the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers that took place on Sept. 11, it is imperative we remember all of the lives lost -- civilians, firefighters, police officers and security officers. Recently, we re-published a story on the 911 Memorial site from 2015 about a security officer who donated the blazer she wore to her job in the South Tower to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. She had lost 11 fellow officers that day. In response, Rick McCann, Founder-CEO, Private Officer International, sent out an email detailing the efforts of his organization to uncover and remember the names of at least 279 security officers who died in the 911 attacks. Here is Rick's email:

In 2013, we worked with several reporters from two different media agencies and we verified that at least 279 security officers were killed during 9/11.
Of those killed were both "contract" and proprietary security that were inside and outside the towers and at least three that went back in to rescue people.
There were also an unknown number of "peace officers," private security who have law enforcement authority on their employer's property.
Through the efforts of our organization, the reporters, several NYC security agencies and in later years, another group that did some research, we identified around two hundred names. Some of those killed were identified by name through the coroner's office but they did not say that they were security officers, only "workers" inside the building.
We continue to search databases and contact our sources at NYPD, the coroner's office and a reporter who is still in the media business but there has been no further updates.
A quick search of the Internet will also reveal several posts from different individuals that have posted a list of names through the years.

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Unfortunately, often times, in security officer deaths, it has been our experience over the past fifteen years that the names are seldom published when a security officer is killed on duty unless it was originally published in print, digital or TV news broadcasts and then picked up by a national media
outlet and republished by other media groups. We continue to struggle every year in completing an accurate statistical database of officers killed in the
line of duty.
Another example of this is just a few days ago when a NJ school security officer committed suicide inside the school by hanging. It never would have made it to the national media if not for an AP reporter from NJ/NY market who mentioned it in one local article and then it went national. It was the sixth known on duty suicide this year.
We continue to ask that all security unions, state and national security associations and individual security professionals to be on the alert for any type of media report of a security officer death and to report it to our news and help desk and report it 24/7 to

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