September 15, 2018

A Belated 9/11 Heroine story at Ground Zero

Jack Kemp

I was told about Kathy Mazza by woman I met. After I got her name, her heroism was then easy to confirm online.
From the article:

The late Captain Kathy Mazza was a tough, no-nonsense but altruistic woman who commanded respect from both male and female police cadets as Commander of the Port Authority Police Academy, before she met an untimely death helping others on 9/11.

For her heroism that day and her achievements over a distinguished career, Mazza was posthumously honored this week as one of 18 winners of the 2016 Women of Action Awards, bestowed by the City

Council in Jersey City.

Mazza was a first responder killed during the attack on the World Trade Center, but not before using her 9mm sidearm to shoot out the floor-to-ceiling glass walls of the North Tower’s mezzanine, enabling hundreds of people to escape with their lives. She was last seen helping colleagues carry out a woman in a rescue chair.

JACK'S FOOTNOTE: Many times before 9/11 I walked along those glass walled barriers in the World Trade Center complex because an employer of mine had a company cafeteria inside the non-public areas of the Trade Center lower floors complex. Actually, those were individual, connected glass barriers sections about ten feet tall and twenty feet wide that separated the company-owned areas from the public areas of the lower two floors of that Trade Center tower. Kathy Mazza shot out one glass barrier section and quickly gave fleeing employees a shortcut, a valuable much shorter walk to get out of the building and into the street. That saved valuable minutes (and lives) shortly before that Trade Center Tower collapsed.


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