In his final act of heroism before dying on 9/11, NYPD Officer Ramon Suarez helped a seven-months-pregnant woman escape the hellscape.
Suarez’s impact continued to reverberate 16 years after his sacrifice, as his daughter was sworn in Thursday as a new NYPD recruit. “I’m pretty sure he’s very proud of me,” said Jillian Suarez, 25, after her class of 270 was sworn in at the Police Academy in College Point, Queens.
“I grew up with my father walking in and out of the house with his uniform constantly on, and I’ve always admired him for that,” she told the New York Post.
The last time Ramon Suarez walked out of that door was Sept. 11, 2001, two days after Jillian turned 9. The 45-year-old Transit District 4 officer and his partner were stationed at the Delancey Street F-train station on that bright Tuesday morning when the first plane slammed into the north tower at 8:46 a.m.
After word broke of a second plane crashing into the south tower, the two commandeered a taxi and gunned it into the chaos.