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New York City Police Dept. Patch
Resided: NY, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Sep. 16, 2018
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 70 yrs. of age
Dept: New York City Police Dept.
1 Police Plaza Path  
New York, NY   10038   USA
County: New York
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Detective
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Terrorism
Weapon Class: Biological
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 29 years
Bio: Mark was born in Bronx, NY to Rudolph and Jean Gado. He married Jill, his childhood sweetheart on March 21, 1971. Together, they raised their two sons and had four grandchildren.

Mark spent 29 years with the City of New Rochelle Police Department and two years as a federal agent with the Department of Drug Enforcement Administration. He was a 3rd generation Italian-American, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, an accomplished author of several books, and a 9/11 first responder. Among his many achievements, Mark was exceptionally proud of returning to college and completing a B.S. and M.S in Criminal Justice from Iona College.

Mark found comfort in riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with the Patriot Guard Riders, a group whose mission is to shield families of fallen heroes from those that would disrupt the services of their loved ones. Mark inspired his friends and family to respect our military, veterans, and first responders through his selfless actions.

When his kickstand was down, he could be found playing tennis and racquetball; picking fresh herbs and vegetables from his garden; cooking in the kitchen; or enjoying a cold screwdriver with a splash of club soda by the pool surrounded by his family and friends.

Survived by:
Jill - Wife
Mark (Tara) and Chris (Stacie) - Children
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: Twin Towers   New York, New York   USA   Tue. Sep. 11, 2001
Summary: Detective Mark Gado died as the result of cancer that he developed following rescue efforts at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He worked in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site for approximately one month.

Detective Gado had served with the New Rochelle Police Department for 29 years.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.

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