PO Jerome Dominguez

PO Jerome Dominguez

Jerome Domínguez had gone diving off the coast of Long Island with some police pals who were also his friends outside the job. After exploring the chambers of a shipwrecked boat, they glided up slowly and started popping up, one after another, to take their places on their boat.

But they noticed one of them, another police officer, was missing. And, without much hesitation, Domínguez was the one to jump right back in the water.

Returning all the way to the bottom, Domínguez found his friend lying unconscious inside the dilapidated ship with insufficient oxygen left. Pulling him up, Domínguez swam toward the light of the surface, alternatively taking on and off his oxygen mask to share it with the unconscious man.

Risking his own life, Domínguez saved his pal’s more than two years ago.

But it was not the first time, and it would not be the last, that the decorated New York City cop offered all he had for the sake of others. In fact, Domínguez did it regularly, whenever he encountered people in danger or on duty as a member of the department’s elite emergency services unit.

Domínguez, a West Islip resident who grew up in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, was at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and, according to reports from colleagues to his family, was making his way upward in the building when the north tower collapsed. He remains missing.

One of two sons of devout Catholic parents who spend much of their time trying to spread the faith, Domínguez, 37, had his own sense of mission.

“I once told him, ‘Jerome, don’t strain yourself so much’,” recalled his mother, Gladys Domínguez of the Bronx. “And he said, ‘Look, Mommy, you save souls and I will save bodies.'”

105th Air Wing, New York Air National Guard. Emergency Services Unit – New York Police Dept.

After graduating from Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, Domínguez entered the police academy in the mid-’80s. Following his July 1985 graduation, he became a patrol officer for a local precinct in the Bronx. Two years later, Domínguez, also in the Air Force Reserve, joined the highway division.

During the following years, he became committed to his job of helping people on the roads. Even when off duty, Domínguez carried power-cutting and other tools in his vehicle to help stalled drivers or to extricate victims at accident scenes, his relatives said.

Once, while heading to Texas for Air Force training in 1999, Domínguez encountered an overturned school bus with several children inside. He quickly took charge and rescued more than a dozen children before the bus burst into flames. His feat earned him praise, and he appeared on a television news show and was mentioned in newspapers that day. The Air Force offered him a permanent job, but he preferred an offer he got from the NYPD to join the emergency unit.

“He enjoyed himself helping people in some way, morally or physically,” said his father, Geronimo Domínguez, a physician who hosts a bible reading television program in Spanish. ” … He was very courageous.”

Besides diving, Domínguez left time to cruise on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, sometimes along the Eastchester Bay coast near his parents’ house, formerly a waterfront home and fishing retreat of New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

In his last conversation with his father, some days before Sept. 11, Domínguez discussed the idea of a heavenly place for souls to rest in happiness after death. His parents find comfort in their strong belief that Domínguez is already there. “He loved helping others, and there isn’t in the Bible or anywhere else a greater love than that, giving your life for others,” his father said.
— Víctor Manuel Ramos (Newsday)

​“On Eternal Patrol” … Jerome Dominguez, NYPD, 9/11/01
Jerome Dominguez

Dominguez, 37, was a member of the elite Emergency Services Unit of the police department, and a member of the Air Force Reserves. He was last seen on September 11 heading up the stairs to help people trapped in the World Trade Center as other rescue workers were fleeing for their lives. Dominguez, who was with Emergency Services Unit 3, was among police who were on the lower floors of the World Trade Center when it collapsed. The Dominguez family believes Jerome was in 2 World Trade Center for about 40 minutes before it collapsed.
 
Jerome Dominguez was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during the Annual Medal Day ceremony on December 4, 2001. The New York City Police Department Medal of Honor is the highest award that may be bestowed upon a member of the service.
 Dominguez, 37, was a member of the elite Emergency Services Unit of the police department, and a member of the Air Force Reserves. He was last seen on September 11 heading up the stairs to help people trapped in the World Trade Center as other rescue workers were fleeing for their lives. Dominguez, who was with Emergency Services Unit 3, was among police who were on the lower floors of the World Trade Center when it collapsed. The Dominguez family believes Jerome was in 2 World Trade Center for about 40 minutes before it collapsed.
Jerome Dominguez was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during the Annual Medal Day ceremony on December 4, 2001. The New York City Police Department Medal of Honor is the highest award that may be bestowed upon a member of the service. 

​9/11 Memorial and Museum
Description
Memorial bracelet for Jerome Mark Patrick Dominguez and Walter Edward Weaver. The bracelet is engraved: “P.O. Jerome Dominguez – P.O. Walter Weaver | NYPD ESS-3 | September 11, 2001.” A small American flag is printed oto the left of the name and a blue ESU truck to the right.
Historical Notes
Jerome Dominguez grew up in the Bronx and lived in Holtsville, Long Island. He was engaged to marry his girlfriend, Jessica. Jerome’s hobbies included riding motorcycles and scuba diving. An NYPD officer since 1985, Jerome served with Emergency Service Squad 3. He was also a U.S. Air Force Reserve member. On September 11, Officer Dominguez was seen climbing a North Tower stairwell. He was 37 years old.

Raised in Hicksville, Long Island, Walter Weaver lived in Centereach with his girlfriend, Shannon. The two often took in stray animals and kept an array of pets including dogs, birds, turtles, and an iguana. A police officer with NYPD Emergency Service Squad 3, Officer Weaver was seen on September 11 working to free people from an elevator on the North Tower’s 6th floor. He was 30 years old.

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