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Lieut Robert D. Cirri
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Birth: Aug. 31, 1962
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 2001
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Port Authority Police Department, Police Academy, Lieutenant

Robert and Eileen Cirri met when she was an emergency room nurse and he was moonlighting as a paramedic. "There was this weird, electric charge," Mrs. Cirri said. She had not believed in love at first sight until then.

It was the second marriage for both. The Cirris had a merged family, with three of her children and three of his, ages 17, 16, 15, 14, 13 and 12.

The day of the World Trade Center attack, Eileen Cirri received a call from her husband, Lt. Robert Cirri, a Port Authority police officer. He said he was a couple of blocks away, saw people running and was planning to help. "He told me he was safe but that he couldn't watch people running out of the building," Eileen Cirri said. "He said he needed to go help."

Reports say Mr. Cirri gathered a group of fellow officers and led an expedition into the North Tower to try and help people. He lost his own life when the tower collapsed. "I'm not surprised at all," said Lt. Paul Haggerty of the Lyndhurst Police, one of Robert Cirri's best friends. "That's just the type of guy he was."

From his work as a police officer to his part-time gig as a paramedic and even his hobby as a ham radio operator, friends and family say Mr. Cirri, a 39-year-old Nutley resident, lived to help others. When he wasn't training other officers for the Port Authority, Mr. Cirri spent part of his weekends as a paramedic at Hackensack University Medical Center. "He loved helping people and he was a good leader," Eileen Cirri said.

Lieutenant Cirri's body was found with the bodies of four other officers and that of a woman they had been trying to carry out in a rescue chair.
 (bio by: Sid Fisher) 
National September 11 Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Panel S-29
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Oct 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5816303
Lieut Robert D. Cirri
Added by: Sid Fisher
Lieut Robert D. Cirri
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