Detectives' Endowment Association, Inc. — Paul DiGiacomo, President

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Official Line of Duty Deaths

Edwin Ortiz

Edwin Ortiz

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 3343

Command: 040 Pct. Detective Squad

Date of Death: 07/04/2011

Cause of Death: 9/11 Related Diseases

On July 4th, 2011, Det. Edwin Ortiz who retired out of the 40 Squad in January of 2005 passed away from cancer contracted as a result of his work ion the rescue and recovery from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  In addition to his time spent at Ground Zero, Ortiz also worked extensively at the Staten Island Landfill at Fresh Kills, sifting through the debris of the World Trade Center.  In 2007, Ortiz was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and his death was deemed in the line of duty.


Ed took the exam for the NYPD while attending Pace University, after being coaxed by his cousin, who was at the time assigned to the 7th Pct., and eventually retired as a Detective from the Warrants Division.  Ed was appointed to the NYPD in January 1985, and is where he met his wife Daisy, herself a second grade Detective who retired out at the 33 Squad in 2005.  They met in training in an Academy class that included DEA Board member Brian Hunt.  Daisy and Ed started out together in Neighborhood Stabilization Unit (NSU) #5 in the 30 Precinct.  Ed landed at the 6th Precinct, and then transferred to the 10th, but when the City was besieged by the phenomenon of

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