Walter Edward Weaver, 30, of Centereach, was a New York City police officer assigned to the elite Emergency Services Unit based in the Bronx. He was last seen on the 6th floor in the north tower, attempting to free passengers trapped in an elevator. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the NYPD’s highest honor. His remains were never found.
On the morning of 9/11, the Weaver family worried about son Brian Weaver, whose office was in the New York Stock Exchange near Ground Zero. They had no idea that his older brother, Walter, was on site.
Tuesday was typically Walter Weaver’s day off. But that day, the family later learned, he had filled in for a fellow officer. “Walter never worked in Manhattan. He worked in the Bronx,” his brother said. “Faith led him there that day.”
By the afternoon, when Walter Weaver hadn’t return calls left on his cellphone, his father, Bill Weaver, phoned the police department. There was so much confusion that the family could not confirm that Weaver was at the World Trade Center.
“It took our family three days before we figured something was wrong,” said Brian Weaver, now 38, of Melville. “We held out hope for as long as we could. At some point, we came to the realization that he wasn’t coming home.”
The first few years after Weaver died were the hardest on his family. “After that, my world got exponentially smaller,” Brian Weaver said. “I was part of a big, happy family. And it wasn’t anymore. It made me feel like the world wasn’t what I thought it was.”
At first, their father couldn’t bring himself to go to the site where his son had perished. At his sons’ urging, he finally did. Bill Weaver took the LIRR to Manhattan, then walked around the site’s perimeter, about five miles long. He did it again the next day, then the day after that. The daily pilgrimage continued for the next eight years until he died on Jan. 28, 2010, Brian Weaver said.
Life became less bleak for the Weaver family in 2005 when Brian Weaver and his wife, Alison, had a daughter, Kacey. “The world wasn’t such a bad place,” Brian Weaver said. — Chau Lam
WEAVER-Walter E., Police Officer, NYPD (ESU Truck #3, Bronx), 30 years old, of Hicksville, NY, tragically perished on September 11, 2001, in the heroic effort, performing in the line of duty. Walter was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit in February, 1998. “Wally” as he was called by friends. Beloved son of Scotty and Joan Weaver. Loving brother of Brian and Michael. Cherished boyfriend of Shannon Faulkner. Additional info submitted by Robert Watterson……NWTF member Walter Weaver was a safe Hunter, a Jakes Day committee member, a NY State Hunter Safety Instructor, and a Wilderness Search & Rescue Member. Walter answered his final call for help on September 11th, 2001 at the World Trade Center. Walter had carried out victims of this tragedy to the triage center, and had gone back in to work a hydraulic tool to open an elevator full of people trapped on the 6th floor. Walter was one of the rescue workers who didn’t come out of the World Trade Center.Walter is survived by his parents, two brothers, fiancée, friends, and hunting companions. He left behind his dreams, and his plans for the future with his fiancée Shannon Faulkner.
New York State Sportsmen Education Foundation (NYSSEF) has started a scholarship fund, and a memorial building fund for a Search & Rescue building that will be named: Walter Weaver Search & Rescue Bldg. Region 1. Donations to the building fund or scholarship can be sent to: NYSSEF, P.O. Box 1532, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Dedicated Memorial Sites:
New York City Police Memorial Wall
Long Island 9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial at St. Joseph’s Chapel
Queen Elizabeth II September 11 Memorial Garden
Conseleya 9/11 Memorial
Crescent Beach Park – Flagpole/Memorial for 9/11 Victims
Dewitt 9/11 Memorial
East Newark 9/11 Memorial
Fair Haven 9/11 Memorial