Captain William Harry Thompson
Harry Thompson, a popular and highly respected 27-year veteran court officer, was at the training academy on William Street, just a short distance away from the World Trade Center when the attacks occurred. Captain Thompson, along with several other instructors and officers who were at the academy that day, ran to the scene. He stayed in the South Tower until the very end, moving people to safety and aiding the injured.
Harry was born and raised in the Bronx. After graduating high school, he attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. While in college he married Jeanette Jackson and they became the proud parents of two sons. Harry was a devoted father who cherished each moment spent with his sons, especially every Sunday morning on the neighborhood basketball court.
Harry began his career in civil service with the United States Post Office. Seeking advancement opportunities, he later gained employment with the New York State Unified Court System. Harry ascended the ranks and was later promoted to Captain in the Supreme Court. Harry loved his latest position in the Court Officer Academy, where he had the opportunity to help fellow court officers by providing firearms training and other skill enhancement presentations. He took great pride in his work and enjoyed the interpersonal relationships he was able to foster.
His commitment to civil service was unmatched due to his inherent desire to make a difference while helping his fellow man. This special quality prompted him to enter the World Trade Center on September 11 and willingly make the ultimate sacrifice of his life, with the hope of saving another. Harry was a loving son, proud and active father, and a warm inspirational friend to many.