Sergeant Timothy Alan Roy, Sr.
Timothy Alan Roy, 36, of Massapequa Park, was a sergeant in the NYPD’s Surface Transit Enforcement Division. Though he usually worked in Queens, he was at Brooklyn traffic court the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. When he learned about the attacks he called his wife and said he was heading to the World Trade Center, where he was last seen helping burn victims. His remains were found months later. Timothy Roy, a father of three – Caitlyn, then 10; Brittney, then 7; and Timmy Jr., 3 – was a 16-year veteran of the NYPD and beloved for his generosity and sense of humor, said his brother John Roy, of Copiague. “He’d give you the shirt off his back, and he always liked to make you laugh,” said Roy, a retired city firefighter. “One time he shaved his chest to go to Mexico so he would look like a buff New York City policeman – he didn’t realize two days later he’d be scratching his chest like there’s no tomorrow.” Timothy Roy, an avid golfer, was one of eight children, three of whom became firefighters, like their father, and two who were police officers. “He excelled at … and he found his niche there,” his brother said. He was in the process of rebuilding the house on Fulton Street in Massapequa Park where he lived with his children and wife, Stacey. The street has since been renamed in his honor, Roy said. His body was found March 16, 2002, but by the time the priest administered last rites it was minutes into March 17. “We’re an Irish family, so it was kind of good to get him on St. Patty’s,” Roy said. Since 9/11, his wife has remarried and Caitlyn, his eldest daughter, has started college; Brittney and Timmy Jr. are in high school. Timmy “looks just like his dad,” Roy said. The formerly close-knit family no longer gets together as often as they did, he said. “It’s not like it was before. We used to have big family Christmas mornings – that’s one thing Caitlyn missed.” “Of course we all miss the death out of him,” he said. – Melanie Lefkowitz