She Was Only 7 When Dad Died On 9/11, But Now Her Life Has A Whole New Meaning


The daughter of an NYPD sergeant killed on 9/11 has followed in her father’s footsteps, joining the ranks of New York’s finest on Thursday.

Brittney Roy, 22, was seven-years-old when father, Sgt. Timothy Roy, lost his life on that fateful day.

The thirty-six-year-old officer was last seen around the South Tower before its collapse. His body was not found until 7 months later.


“Since I was very young, growing up in the police department, you really see the true heroes. … It’s just always been a dream to be one of them,” said Roy, a Massapequa, N.Y., native. “Especially what my dad had done for the nation, the country, it was a true aspiration to be able to try to follow in his footsteps.”

She recalled Thursday that her father was not on duty on the day of the attacks.


“He did hear of the tragedy after the first plane hit and immediately went toward the city to see what he could do,” the rookie said

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“I believe the day before St. Patrick’s Day, which was his favorite holiday, he was found and we were able to bury his body,” Roy recounted. 

The University of Rhode Island graduate is among 474 new recruits to the police department, who will now undergo 6 months of training.


Roy made the decision to follow in her father’s footsteps while in college.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill is glad to have her joining the force.

“She’s a professional young woman. She’s thrilled to be here, to carry on the legacy of her father,” he said.  

He added: “I think that’s great. Her dad was a courageous guy. I’m real happy she’s here, she’s going to make a great contribution to the NYPD.”

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