Meet Brittney Roy, daughter of NYPD Sgt. Timothy Roy who was killed on 9/11. Today, Brittney joined the NYPD. Let's say thank you & congrats pic.twitter.com/ECVVo320Dz— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 14, 2017
When Brittney Roy was seven years old, her father, Sergeant Timothy Roy, was killed during rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
On Thursday, Roy was sworn into the NYPD, following in the footsteps of her father.
“Since I was very young, I grew up seeing heroes,” the New York Daily News reports the 22-year-old rookie as telling reporters Thursday after her swearing in ceremony. “It’s just always been a dream to be one of them, and especially what my father has done for the nation, the country. It was a true aspiration to be able to try and follow his footsteps.”
Timothy Roy was 36 when he was killed, rushing to the scene of the attacks to help from his post in Brooklyn working for the NYPD’s Surface Transit Enforcement Division. He was last seen by the South Tower, and his body wasn't found until the following March.
“The day before St. Patrick’s Day, which was his favorite holiday, he was found,” Roy said. “We were able to bury his body at that point.”
Roy decided to join the NYPD while studying at the University of Rhode Island.
“She’s really thrilled to be here and carry the legacy of her father,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said of Roy. “Her dad was the greatest guy.”
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