Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #202
Dear Friend,
 
This coming Saturday (3/10) at 11 a.m., the playground in Madison Square Park (near 25th St. and Madison Ave) will officially be named PO Moira Smith Playground.  Moira, 13th Precinct cop, is credited with saving hundreds of lives before World Trade Center Tower 2 collapsed around her.
 
It's a perfect tribute to this courageous cop and dedicated mother who loved children, especially her own daughter, Patricia (now 12), who was just 2 when Moira perished.

We look forward to seeing you there.
 
Warm regards,
Arlene Harrison
 
 Obama
Manhattan playground is perfect tribute to 9/11 hero  
Moira Smith Cop & mom lost her life at World Trade Center but her legacy will live on

By Dennis Hamill   
Obama
                                                                                                    COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Police Officer Moira Smith leads man to safety at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.


 

This city that never sleeps doesn't forget true heroes of 9/11 like police Officer Moira Smith.

 

Her widower Jim Smith, a retired cop who met Moira on the job, feared that after all the tributes and ceremonies of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, the darkest day in the city's history would begin to fade from the collective memory.

 

But on Saturday at 11 a.m., the playground in Madison Square Park will officially be named PO Moira Smith Playground.

 

"I was first approached about this idea by City Council President Christine Quinn down at Ground Zero when President Obama visited last year," says Smith. "She made good, naming a playground for Moira in the confines of her old 13th Precinct. I was deeply touched because Moira used to do walk-and-talks through this park as a community policing officer. She loved the park. It's a green oasis in a concrete desert, filled with business people eating lunch, young people, and now parents like we once were taking their kids, going to a playground named for her."

 

Moira Smith was patrolling the 13 Precinct on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first hijacked plane flew into the World Trade Center. She responded to the WTC the way she had to Union Square in 1993 when people were trapped under a derailed subway train.

Click here to read the full story on the NY Daily News website. 

 

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Arlene Harrison
Gramercy Park Block Association
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