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NYPD Honors 9/11 Victims in Ceremony

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NYPD officers that died in the attack or working at Ground Zero were honored Thursday.

The New York Police Department is honoring the officers who died in the Sept. 11 attack, or after working on the toxic pile of rubble.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the heroes were among a mass of brave men and women who helped safely evacuate tens of thousands of New Yorkers. He said their service will never be forgotten, but also urged New Yorkers to move past sadness.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly thanked the victims' families. He promised the department will do everything possible to protect the city from another attack.

The department handed out medals to families of 23 officers who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and 49 officers and one civilian who died since.