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Official Line of Duty Deaths

Joseph V. Vigiano

Joseph Vigiano

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 4511

Command: Emergency Services Unit Truck #2

Date of Death: 09/11/2001

Cause of Death: World Trade Center Attack

Detective Vigiano was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center.  He was assigned to ESU Truck 2.


Detective Vigiano was posthumously awarded the New York City Police Department’s Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.   He had been on the job for 14 years and was decorated for many heroic acts.  He left behind a wife and three sons.


Dick Wolf made an Emmy Award-winning documentary about Joe and his brother John, a firefighter, called Twin Towers.  It can be purchased on


Lake Avenue in Deer Park, New York is named Det. Joseph Vigiano Avenue.



Click here to view the biography of Det. Joseph Vigiano that appeared in the December 2001 edition of the DEA’s The Gold Shield magazine.

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