Brittney Roy lost her father on 9/11. Now, more than 15 years later, she’s preparing to follow in his footsteps as an NYPD cop.Modal TriggerSgt. Timothy A. RoyRick Kopstein
The 22-year-old Long Island woman was one of 474 recruits sworn in at the Police Academy in Queens on Thursday, the ceremonial start of the class’ six-month training program.
“Since I was very young, growing up in the police department, you really see the true heroes. … It’s just always been a dream to be one of them,” said Roy, a Massapequa native. “Especially what my dad had done for the nation, the country, it was a true aspiration to be able to follow in his footsteps.”
Sgt. Timothy A. Roy was killed when Brittney was just 7. He wasn’t on duty that day, but he rushed into Manhattan upon learning of the attacks.
“He did hear of the tragedy after the first plane hit and immediately went toward the city to see what he could do,” the recruit recalled. “He was last seen and heard around the South Tower.”
Sgt. Roy’s remains were not found for months.
“I believe the day before St. Patrick’s Day, which was his favorite holiday, he was found and we were able to bury his body,” said Roy, a University of Rhode Island graduate.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said Brittney Roy exemplifies what New York’s Finest stand for.
“She’s a professional young woman. She’s thrilled to be here, to carry on the legacy of her father,” Gotham’s top cop said. “I think that’s great. Her dad was a courageous guy. I’m real happy she’s here, she’s going to make a great contribution to the NYPD.”
O’Neill told all the recruits they have a challenge ahead to serve in the “greatest police department in the world.”
“Everything you achieve over the next six months you’ll have to earn, it won’t be easy,” he said. “Your job, make no mistake, is to keep the people of this great city safe.”