Det. Sandra Y. Adrian died on January 11, 2006 at age 45 of brain cancer contracted as a result of her work on the World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts, particularly at the Fresh Kills Landfill. Det. Adrian was a 19-year veteran of the Department who earned six recognitions for excellent and meritorious police duty. She was appointed to the New York City Housing Police in July of 1987, and was promoted to Detective in Housing in March of 1995. The Departments merged in May of ’95, and in June of 2002, Adrian was promoted to Detective second grade. During her career, she served in the Internal Affairs Bureau, her command at the time of her death. She was remembered as always pleasant and “fun to be around,” dedicated, mild mannered, low-keyed, and loyal to the Department.
She is survived by her brother Jaime and her sister Liz. Det. Adrian’s death, which occurred while she was an active Detective, was officially declared line of duty in 2009 when her name was unveiled on the NYPD Wall.