Patricia Smith recalls her mom
Patricia Smith was 2 when her mother, Police Officer Moira Smith, 38, was killed while guided dozens of people to safety from the burning World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Patricia, now 13, started the eighth grade at East Hampton Middle School last week. She wears bracelets on both wrists that bear her mother's name.
New York Police Officer Moira Smith died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Patricia Smith, now 13, shows a photo of her mother Moira, an NYPD officer who was killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (Sept. 6, 2012)
Patricia, now 13, started the eighth grade at East Hampton Middle School last week. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look down and say ‘Hey Mom,’ and I don’t think about her,” she said about her mother, Moira. “But it seems so surreal, this is going to be the 11th year that she wasn’t here.” (Sept. 6, 2012)
New York police Officer James Smith escorts his 2-year-old daughter Patricia as she carries her mother's police badge during a ceremony unveiling the new names added to the Police Memorial at Battery Park in Manhattan. (Sept. 9, 2002)
Patricia Mary Smith, daughter of NYPD officer Moira Smith, who was killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks, holds a replica of her mother's badge during a memorial service honoring police officers killed in the line of duty in New York City. Twenty-five names were added to the police memorial wall this year, including the 23 NYPD officers killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Sept. 9, 2002)
Patricia Smith, 2, clad in a red velvet dress, walks with her father, James Smith, during a police department award ceremony in New York where Mayor Rudy Giuliani draped her mother’s gold medal of honor around her neck. (Dec. 4, 2001)