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Hero Down: New York Police Department Captain Janelle Sanders Succumbs To 9/11-Related Cancer

Harlem, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Captain Janelle Sanders died in the line of duty on Sept. 11 following a battle against cancer that developed after her service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.

Capt. Sanders succumbed to her illness on the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the NYPD Captains Endowment Association said in a tweet that afternoon.

“We will never forget the brave men and women who lost their lives twenty-one years ago on this sad day,” the union said. “Today, we lost active Captain Janelle Sanders due to 9/11 illness. May she rest in peace.”

Capt. Sanders joined the NYPD in March of 2000, according to the New York Daily News.

She rose steadily through the ranks over the decades that followed, culminating with her promotion to the rank of captain in September of 2021.

The 22-year department veteran was serving as the NYPD’s 32nd Precinct executive officer at the time of her death, according to a fundraising page established to help her family in the wake of their loss.

“Janelle was truly a light in this world,” the page read.

Capt. Sanders leaves behind her two young daughters, as well as her dog, Hunter, and her loving family.

Donors have contributed more than $23,000 to the effort so far.

The NYPD 32nd Precinct held a vigil for Capt. Sanders on the day of her death, according to the New York Amsterdam News.

NYPD Chaplain Robert Rice said she will be remembered as a “Daughter of Harlem,” according to the news outlet.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Captain Janelle Sanders, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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