- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Tears were shed in Washington yesterday for law enforcement officers killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
About 70 law enforcement officers presumed or confirmed dead in the Sept. 11 attack, and 10 officers killed since last October in the District, Maryland and Virginia, were honored at a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The memorial's 10th anniversary also was commemorated.
Dozens of grim-faced officers some carrying flags stood shoulder to shoulder through speeches and renditions of the national anthem and taps.
"Today, we would like to pay a special tribute to all of those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, while also acknowledging the courageous service of all who performed so well during the rescue and recovery efforts," said Craig W. Floyd, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
About 30 family members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers were bused down for the ceremony.
With somber faces and teary eyes, relatives of the fallen officers laid red roses with blue ribbons in a pile in front of two wreaths.
"It's absolutely beautiful," Arlene Howard of Hicksville, N.Y., said of the ceremony. Her son, George Howard, a 16-year veteran of the Port Authority police, was killed after responding to the World Trade Center attack.
"We lost 70 law enforcement officers on September 11. That's by far the most ever in history in a single incident," Mr. Floyd said.
Before last month, the deadliest incident in law enforcement history was when nine Milwaukee police officers were killed in a bomb blast at their station house on Nov. 24, 1917.
The fund estimates 155 officers are killed every year. So far this year, 198 officers have been killed on the job numbers not seen since the 1970s, according to the fund.
"Unfortunately, it took a national tragedy for police officers to gain the respect they already deserve," said Joyce Tyler, sister of Maryland State Trooper Edward M. Toatley. He was killed last October during an undercover drug deal.
Metro Transit Officer Marlon Morales and Baltimore police Officer Michael J. Cowdery Jr. were also honored yesterday.
Officer Morales was shot in the face, purportedly by a fare jumper, on June 10 at a Metrorail station in the District. Officer Cowdery was killed in March while questioning a suspected drug dealer.
Their names, along with others honored yesterday, will join more than 15,000 already inscribed on the memorial May 13 during an annual candlelight vigil.

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