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February 21, 2020


Today marks 14 years since I last felt the warmth of your smile and the embrace of your bear hugs. Caitlin, Mommy, and I love you and miss you so much. We hope you are proud of us everyday. Love you so much my hero and my angel.

Anne xoxo

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February 21, 2020

To my daddy a true hero the best daddy ever

The definition of the word hero (which is of Greek origin) means a man or woman of distinguished and noble qualities. When you think of a person dressed in spandex wearing a cape? A hero can be anyone who is brave and does courageous deeds. You can certainly say that the police officers and firemen who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 are heroes and lived up to that to that title by definition. Those heroic men and women are still admired today for their bravery and acts of selflessness.

On September 11th 2001 at 8:46 am tragedy struck the city of New York and the unthinkable was achieved. The two gleaming towers were attacked by pure evil. What started out as a typically beautiful morning into a place full of fear and hate. The question that arose in everyone s aware of the attacks was "Who could do such a thing and why?" Why would someone take the life of an innocent person for pleasure? The answer lurks in in the minds of those capable of the horrific deed. The one-hundred and ten story came tumbling down from glory. The World Trade Center s pride was taken from it on that day. An airliner was hijacked putting a gaping hole in the side of the structure.

The Port Authority Police Department was the first law enforcement to appear at the disaster which cruel terrorists had plotted. The brave Port Authority Police Officers swiftly ran into the burning Twin Towers. The Port Authority saved helpless employees of the towers. Some members of the Port Authority were seriously injured. Thirty-seven of those wonderful selfless men and women of the Port Authority were killed due to an act of hate. One of those heroes (I am more than proud to say) was my father, Port Authority Police Officer James A. Nelson.

I love you daddy rest in peace. Always in my thoughts forever in my heart. It's almost been eight years since you've been gone, I can't believe it. I miss you more than you can imagine. I am so proud to say "My daddy died being a hero."

Love you forever and always

Caitlin (age 13)

Posted by Caitlin Nelson

Anonymous (not verified)

February 21, 2020

I received a card with Jimmy's name on it so that I could pray for him on the anniversary of 9-11. I received the card last year and wrote something and prayed for him and his family. I remembered this year that I still had it hanging on my was. I pulled it down and I am writing and praying once again. I hope you all know that we are still supporting you with our prayers.

Posted by Lois McGivern

Anonymous (not verified)

February 21, 2020

I participated in the 3rd annual Run to Remember while I was in New York this past week. Every entered runner was given a name along with their number, someone they were walking or running in honor of. Mine said James Nelson. At first I thought of it as just another name. But after reading all about his life and his family, I feel honored to have been able to represent for James. I hope he knows that his efforts have not gone unforgotten, and that there will always be someone that thinks of his name when they hear the word "hero". Including me.

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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Clark, NJ
Location on 9/11:
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey | Police Officer

James Nelson, 40, of Clark, New Jersey, a 16-year veteran of the Port Authority Police Department was killed in the line of duty while rescuing others at the World Trade Center disaster. Jimmy was called to the scene shortly after 9 a.m. on September 11 from the Port Authority Police Academy in Jersey City. He was married and the father of two beautiful girls.

Jimmy always wanted to be a police officer, considering it the most noble profession. His passion for his job was surpassed only by his love and pride for his family. The world suffered a great loss when Jimmy was taken from us. His courage, humor, generosity, and integrity made the world a better place. I will never see his beautiful smile again or laugh at one of his jokes but I do know that I am a better person for having known and loved him. He was my brother and a hero in every sense of the word.