Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001

Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001

Muslim rips down tribute to 9/11 hero

New York City police officer Paul Talty died trying to rescue victims of 9/11 attack on World Trade Center

New York City police officer Paul Talty died trying to rescue victims of 9/11 attack on World Trade Center

Oct. 3, 2006: A 26-year-old Muslim man tore down a portion of a memorial in New York City to a fallen hero of 9/11, screaming “This is political.”

Turkish-born Adnan Emre was charged with destroying the tribute to New York City police officer Paul Talty, who was one of the first responders to the 9/11 attack, rushing into the south tower of the World Trade Center as it fell.

The memorial to Talty – who at age 40 left behind two children and a pregnant wife – consisted of his picture, a cross, a plaque and crossed American and Irish flags. The plaque is inscribed, “Rest in Peace, Paul. We miss you. God Bless.”

The vandalism was witnessed by a passing booth clerk for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, who contacted police.

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