The husband of the only female New York City police officer who was killed helping to rescue people during the 9/11 attacks said on the 20th anniversary of the country’s worst terrorist incident that ‘defund the police’ Democrats are likely to start pushing that agenda again after pretending to embrace the “heroes” who died.
James “Jim” Smith, 60, husband of NYPD officer Moira Smith, said elected “anti-police” politicians should not have been embracing “heroes” on Saturday during various events to mark the occasion of the attacks.
That said, Smith said he expects to see some of those same politicians mugging for photographs on the anniversary of the attacks “with their arms around heroes and trying to bask in the reflected glory of what my wife and other officers did,” he told The Sun.
“By September 12, they’ll be back to defunding the police. I’ve no intention of being anywhere near it,” he added.
James, himself a former NYPD officer, worked out of the 13th Precinct. Their daughter, Patricia, was only two years old when Moira was killed by the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. She was one of 60 NYPD and New York Port Authority officers killed on 9/11.
“We made a promise to never forget and we’ve clearly forgotten with the way police officers are treated today in this country, both by the public and the politicians,” Smith noted further. “It’s disgusting. It didn’t take long to forget.
“When this country needed their police officers, we were the first ones there. We were the first ones to run into the buildings to save people. Moira lost her life to make sure that other people got a chance to go home to their families, even though she didn’t get home to hers,” he added.
“Cops are the ones who come in and save people. They forgot the lessons of 9/11: there are people willing to give their lives to help you. It’s a sad state of affairs.”
James told the paper that he was heading into the city when he saw the South Tower come down. When he arrived at the 13th Precinct, he said he was told on several occasions that his wife was safe. He would later spend hours helping rescuers sift through the rubble before finally learning around 3 a.m. the following morning that Moira was “under the building.”
“There is a voice recording of her, calling for help,” James told The Sun. “[She said] that she was on the third floor and couldn’t breathe and needed help. That was the last thing we heard from her.”
Lt. Rolando Pastrana said in a recent interview with WFAA that hearing his colleague’s screams over the radio was haunting. Her badge was later recovered in the debris.
“I just remember her screaming over the radio: ‘1013 is stuck! I can’t get out!'” Pastrana told the outlet.
“I just heard her screaming and then the transmission stopped,” he added.
“[On] that last transmission you can definitely hear it that my mom was suffering. And I have to live with that,” Patricia said in an ABC News documentary called, “9/11 Twenty Years Later: The Longest Shadow.”
Several of Congress’ most left-wing members have called for defunding police departments, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a New York City district.
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