Glen K. Pettit
The Smile Behind a Camera
Glen Pettit took on a lot and never let it slow him down. In addition to being a New York City police officer, he was a TV news cameraman, a freelance photographer, a volunteer fireman and a devotee of Irish tradition and music.

Then there was the endless flood of gifts: from care packages of Skippy peanut butter for friends in East Asia to the prized seat he arranged for his mother at a Christmas Eve mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, just a row from the mayor and police commissioner. "If he loved you he loved you completely, and he was going to take care of you," recalled Tara Felice, one of his six siblings.

Officer Pettit, 30, had joined the department's video production unit, which makes training and promotional videos. "His greatest love was being behind a camera, composing a shot," said his partner, Officer Scott Nicholson. The video unit responded to the World Trade Center attack hoping to get footage for an annual promotional tape it makes called "Heroes."

"Glen was telling us, 'I'm gonna get in close; you stay and get the establishing shots, get the rescue workers responding,' " Officer Nicholson recalled. "I looked over and Glen was running past me, camera in hand, heading toward the towers."
Published by The Norton Mirror on Oct. 4, 2001.
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Glen, family and friends....20 years. Wow. All of the memories of Glen etched in my memory. Not much else to say other than I will never forget him or what happened.
Walt Going
Friend
September 11, 2021
What was once enjoyed and deeply loved
We can never lose
For all that we love deeply
Becomes a part of us
-Helen Keller

Glen and Deidre you were friends of mine a long time ago at Connetquot, and though it's been years since we have last spoken or seen each other you are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

Jenny Kochman
Jennifer Wenzell (nee Kochman)
Friend
September 10, 2021
It was such a pleasure getting to know and working with Glenn in the NYIT newspaper during my under grad and learning the basics of photography from him. Some of which I am passing down to my 15 year old daughter who is now starting to showing a passion for photography as well. Thank you my friend!! Your light still shines bright in this world.
gustavo sosa
Friend
September 12, 2020
Glen: Hey Brother! Keep looking out for me over my shoulder. Gonna keep doing what needs to get done down here. Got my blue bracelet on with your name on it. I look at your picture and I still hear your voice.......
Walt Going
Friend
September 11, 2020
Sending our thoughts of deep sympathy to your family. Always may God give the strength to cope. Glen is still sadly missed.
The Kindred Family
January 1, 2020
Thank you for your service and dedication.
L Maag
Friend
September 12, 2019
Thank you sir.
Gino O
Acquaintance
September 12, 2019
Glen:
Still out here doing what we have to do.
We will never forget.
Walt Going
Walt Going
Friend
September 11, 2019
My sincerest condolences.
August 20, 2019
this past week i went to pay my respects and reflect on every life that that was written at the pools...I was looking back at my pictures and your name was in the photo that I had taken... with a search of your name came your lifes story..my heart breaks for your family,friends,and community... I never meet you but you have touch my life thru your life story.. K.Cole Ohio
Kim cole
August 3, 2019
Glen: Same day, different time. You are never forgotten.
Walt Going
September 11, 2018
Jane;

Phyllis and I are thinking of you and praying for your comfort. We love you.
Steve Cain
September 12, 2017
Here we are, 16 years after and the wound still stings unbearably. You and Pete Brennan are forever in my thoughts.
Walter Going
September 11, 2017
In Memory with
Honor & Respect.
S.J. Friscia III
June 5, 2017
When I was about 12 years old, around the year 1999 or so, my parents took my family into the City to see the tree. While on the LIRR train headed to Manhattan, an individual sitting near us began talking to my dad. He stated that he recognized him as a Suffolk County Detective that he had filmed while working for his other job at News 12. After further conversation we learned all about his other job, a NYPD Police Officer. Eventually we made it into the city and voiced our concern on which subway to take. We were unsure of how to get to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree using the Subway system. Glen decided he would not only show us but he would walk us right onto the train directly. I only knew Glen for a matter of a train ride, plus or minus a few minutes, but he made us feel like we had known him for a lifetime. He helped my family on his way to work which he certainly did not have to do. Cop to Cop, him to my dad, he stated, in sum and substance, that's what we do for each other (privately escorting all ten of us onto the subway). Now at 28 years old, and a police officer for the past six years, I strive to represent the courtesy and professionalism I witnessed of Glen Pettit to my family. Truly a gentleman and heroic individual. I'm not sure this brief story does our encounter with Glen any justice but I hope its meaningfulness reminds the world of how simple things from a Police Officer can have a lasting impact. May Glen K. Pettit rest is peace and he never be forgotten.
Gino O
September 11, 2016
In Remembrance
Kathy
September 9, 2016
I worked with Glen during my News 12 Long Island days. We always joked how 2 Glen's were better than one and then he met my father, also a Glenn. He shouted out to someone, "we're 3 Glenn's!" Laughed so hard and my dad was so embarrassed.
I'll never forget when my dad called me in Dec '01 to break the news to me they had found Glen's body below the South Tower. I broke down that moment and still cry every time, every year they read Glen's name in the Reading of the Names 9-11 ceremony. I cry like I cried at his memorial service after 9-11. I cry because I miss him, I cry because I love him, and I cry because he died sacrificing for all of us, which was true to his personality. Always giving. I have since become friends with his brothers Joe and Neil. I am a better man for knowing him and them. I will never forget my buddy Glen. Never. LOVE!!!
Glenn Petraitis
September 8, 2016
miss our talks brother at the fire house in west sayville...........
September 8, 2016
Glen we all miss you and love you. You were the best neighbor I ever had I will always remember the day that you saved me from a snake and threw it down a sewer and always play basketball you will always be in my heart and I will always remember the good times we had when I was little I will never forget.
Tara Kelly
June 26, 2015
Glen you are missed by so many! We will carry on! God bless you and your family.
Stephen cain
September 12, 2013
I knew you for a short period, several years ago. Still, I never forgot how close knit, warm & fun loving, your family was. My family never forgot you (Particularly, my mother who always chastised me for losing touch with that, "nice Irish boy with the blue eye."). It seems, you have made a great impact on many of us, in this world. RIP
Kirsten Barbera
September 11, 2013
As promised, that candle
will be lit... Hope your at peace. That was the best "meal hour" I had on the job... Xo
Angela Sanguedolce
September 10, 2013
Hello to Glen's family. I worked with Glen in Rochester NY as he was getting his start in television. I was able to
visit 911 memorial last year and found his name. Words cannot describe the profound sadness I still feel when I think about my dear friend Glen. It was my honor to attend his services in 2001 and a blessing to all of you, his wonderful family. Glen, you will always be my hero and in my heart until we meet again someday my friend. Love you buddy!
Patrick Campbell
Rochester, NY
April 29, 2013
Glen...It was a great day today for the 11th anniversary. Did not go to city, but we all were together at Lakeland FD for there ceremony. Trish Bergin talked about how you guys grew up and eventually worked together at News 12. She told us of some of the great times you guys had. We all cried and laughed with her..Glen we all still talk about you, think about you all the time..Your neices and nephews are awesome, please watch over them like you always do..Love you..Miss you Joe
Joe Wixted
September 11, 2012
Miss you - always.
Friend
September 10, 2012
Glen,,, Beautiful clear day just like 10 years ago. Time goes by so fast. We talk about you all the time, so many things remind us of you. Everyone was together all day as we did for years before. For me it seems like yesterday, I remember it so well, they say time heals, maybe for some but not me, 10 years have went so fast. We all love and miss you..Rest in peace brother...Love Joe
Joe Wixted
September 17, 2011
Hope you dont think I forgot you...Just couldnt get to write. Saw you in newsday and it just made me weak. My kids are old enough to understand and they too cried once they saw me. Did you ever think you'd touch even your friends kids lives? Still cant believe it. Not happy that we werent "invited" to the service, but wouldn't have problably gone since I prefer to be at home looking at your picture along with Johns, Petes, and Debbies on my mantle with the promised candle that hasnt burnt out yet. Peace
September 12, 2011
Glen was our favorite "Buff" who would take pictures of us at calls and then generously, give us copies for our photo albums. In return, we offered our friendship and a cup of coffee in our office. This was back when you had to DEVELOP film and have the pictures printed professionally. How times have changed, but we'll never forget Glen.
Emergency Service
September 11, 2011
I remember Glen from New York Tech. We had a few classes together. I didn't know he was NYPD, so I was stunned to see his photo in Newsday. He was a great guy. We used to talk about the Islanders alot. My heart goes to his family. I am so so sorry
John Tormey
September 11, 2011
Glen, Ten years and it seems like yesterday. Thank you for your friendship, thank you for being the person you were. We had a lot of good times together, that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It is an honor to be able to count you as a friend. I miss you "big guy".
Frank Tanza
September 11, 2011
To all of you who have left a memory or a message we thank you. To all of you who remember Glen in your own special way...we thank you. Just knowing that people loved him, learning about the man he became....has been the only part of this nightmare that is bearable. Glen is so very missed, loved and remembered every day and nothing will every change that fact. We all love you Glen......forever your family. [email protected]
September 11, 2011
As a cameraman for NBC I worked side by side with Glen. He was a great photographer and a good friend. I miss you Glen
George Cavaliere
September 11, 2011
Glen; I know how proud your Mom is of you. Wish I had had the pleasure of meeting you.
Thank you from a greatful nation for your service to others.
You are missed by all.
stephen cain
September 1, 2011
Missing you, its been a sad few days, they got him, but it doesn't really help.
May 5, 2011
Glen, it has been 9 long years. Saturday was a beautiful day just like it was 9 years ago. Neil did a great reading about you. Went to Lakeland FD at night for the candle light ceremony. Scott (Glens NYPD partner) was with us all day...We all miss you and love you...Rest in peace brother...love Joe
Joe Wixted
September 14, 2010
Rest in Peace Glen, God Bless You :)
September 11, 2010
Love and Miss you.
September 10, 2010
I live in St. Petersburg, Fl. I have in my possession a dollar bill that says,"Never forget NYC Police Officer Glen K. Pettit 9-11-01 # 3815 WTC Hero. Just thought I would let you know how far it has traveled and that I will send it back to you if you would like- May Glen live in your hearts forever! He will now live in our hearts as our hero Sincerely, The O'Brien Family
Martha O'Brien
September 23, 2009
It feels like yesterday, not 8 years ago. You are one of a kind and missed very very much.
September 10, 2009
8 years, but not a day has gone by that you haven't been missed.
September 9, 2009
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
June 9, 2009
Another Christmas will be less bright without you. Miss you so much.
December 18, 2008
To Glens family: sorry I wasnt here on the 11th, Glen was in my thoughts and prayers as I lit a candle at the base of his flag in the healing field of flags held here each year in arizona. I know the pain is still there but I hope the pride of what a great man Glen was is so much stronger. He will never be forgotten.
AnnMarie Onorato
September 20, 2008
Glen, Another year gone bye, and still think about you everyday and talk about you always. We were able to sign a beam that has been restored that will be used in the new construction. Everyone in the family, was given a small line to write what they wanted. We all miss and love you very much. Your NYPD partners Scott, Chris and Dwayne were with us all day also. At night they had the candle ceremony for the "Lakeland Boys" which we also go to every year. We joke and talk about you all the time along with your friends which helps us all get by. Love and miss you,, Joe
Joe Wixted
September 13, 2008
To The Pettit family-
My deepest sympathies go out to your family on the loss of your Glen. I didn't know that Glen had passed until I read the touching story about his family in the paper today. I knew Glen when he was a senior in high school and often wondered what had happened to the boy I spent countless hours on the phone while he was on call at the fire dept. I'm so sorry for your loss and I thank Glen for his bravery. I will remeber all those long conversations and smile.
nicolle johnson-cohen
September 11, 2008
Never forgot what I promised to you... The candle is lit with your picture right near it and your big blue irish eyes are shining just like your Mom says! To have to relive this day just brings me to tears all over again. Rest in peace Glen and keep watching over everyone... we need you.
Love and remembrance...
Angela Sanguedolce
September 11, 2008
Glen was one of a kind... cheerful, enthusiastic, kind, skillful. I think of him often and am so honored to have called him a friend and colleague. Today, on the seventh anniversary, my husband Scott and I send his family our warmest thoughts and prayers.
Kim Kalleberg-Biederman
September 11, 2008
You'll always be remembered in our hearts, Glen. Thanks for your service to NYPD & West Sayville FD!
Nancy & Rob Langer
September 11, 2008
Missing you still
Speaking of you daily
Our friend
Our hero
September 10, 2008
Ive been gone for 21 years! I finally get together with some fellas who told me your passing, the knot wasnt going away in my stomach, This is gets me mad all over again cause now its personal, I hope your family remains strong.
Jeff Huber
July 25, 2008
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
June 9, 2008
HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY~~~~~love you and miss you!!!!!!
March 16, 2008
Just wanted to let you know that we ALL love you....miss you and that we feel your presence in our lives. With all our love.......... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Your loving family
December 24, 2007
Glen,
For the first time the weather was rainy. Your NYPD partner Dwayne read your name, he did a great job. We all miss you so much. Everyone still talks about you, that helps alot.
That night we attended the Lakeland Fire Dept. candle ceremony which honored you and the other Lakeland guys. The family stays strong talking about you all the time, and we laugh about all the things you used to do. Love you and miss you..Love Joe
Joe Wixted
September 12, 2007
I met you once or twice while I was at LI News tonight and remember learning a lot about TV news photography from you. Rest in peace.
Jason
September 11, 2007
You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday Glen. You proudly wore my father’s badge, 3815, as does your brother Neil now. This is an honor that will be cherished by all of my family forever. My parents went to Ground Zero this morning, along with your family, to honor you and all the others that were lost six years ago. My father continues to do everything in his power to make sure you will never be forgotten. There are dollar bills circulating all over reminding people never to forget PO Glen K. Pettit and his wardrobe basically consist of tee shirts with your name and badge number on it. Glen, you are HERO and are truly missed by all.
Dayle Heslin
September 11, 2007
Brought one of your many namesakes to the cemetary this morning, trying to explain it to her makes it so much harder. Not a day goes by that you aren't missed, little man.
"They say time heals everything...But I’m still waiting"
September 11, 2007
I just want to send my thouhts and prayers to all of Glen's family and friends. Glen will never be forgotten by anyone who ever knew him. He is a shining star up in the beautiful heavens. I pray your at peace Glen.
AnnMarie Onorato
September 11, 2007
Almost six years...another baby born into your family honoring you and your life....so sad that you cannot be here to enjoy her. Your family is amazing....they miss you so much, you are spoken about all the time and missed more then ever.
September 3, 2007
Thinking of you, missing you, wishing that you were with us every minute and that we could just sit and talk and spend time laughing.
August 16, 2007
Thought of you all day, you are missed and spoken of often.
June 9, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
June 9, 2007
Miss you ......on your birthday and everyday!!!!!!!!!
June 8, 2007
Dearest Pettit Family,
I wonder if you will ever come to realize all the lives Glen had touched. He always stood out in all that he did, and it seemed he was always doing something... well, actually it seemed he was always involved in everything. I knew him in High School and his outward personality was what I remember about him most. He really did always have a smile on his face! What a great way to remember someone!! Blessed to have known him even if it was such a short while. Cast you cares on the Lord...I Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.
Gail (Lefferts) Nogueras
February 17, 2007
In remembrance....
P Tabbernor
February 1, 2007
MIchael is being sworn in tonight, wish you could be sitting with us. Miss you.
January 5, 2007
As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
Kristine
January 4, 2007
I met your newest nephew the other day, he has your eyes. I'm sure your sister knows that he was sent by you. Merry Christmas my friend.
December 27, 2006
Glen, 5 years and still the pain, and missing you are still there. Another beautiful sunny Sept 11, as they were for the past 5 years. They say as time goes on it heals all wounds. Well for me I still feel the same way, I dont think I will ever heal. Its like having a knot in your stomach all the time. People talk about you and that helps alot. We ALL miss you as you know, and we were all there for the 5 year anniversary. MISS YOU & LOVE YOU...Joe
Joe Wixted
September 13, 2006
As always, the candle was lit all day yesterday. Every day you are in my mind and the fun day we had that I never knew would be one of the most important memories of my life.
Anger still fills my insides and I am so sorry you are not here.
Always thinking of you Glen. Keep sending the signs.
Love always,
Angela Sanguedolce-Grogan
September 12, 2006
Glen,I got to know you when John and I went to Syracuse with you three months prior to your passing for the firedepartment convention. We had such a great time and I will never forget that weekend.John has since joined you in heaven and I know you are both looking down at us. Take care of each other until we all meet again.
Joan Jerome
September 11, 2006
Last night we lit candles and listened to stories about you. As I looked around I saw people who knew you and people who wish they did......it's amazing that you still have such an impact on lives....hearts and just the sound of your name can bring tears. You are missed today and always!
September 11, 2006
… I tried to find contact info for Tara, but couldn’t … so hopefully you will share this with her --- I was searching the web and found Glen’s memorial site. I thought I was ready to face the heartache, the pain, the unfairness of it all … but … well … I can’t imagine what your family has gone through and must still be going through … I want your family to know that I have always kept you in my prayers and I am heartbroken for your loss … I will never forget the love, friendship and safety I felt in your home … and Glen … those eyes – that smile --- the pure kindness and joy that he exuded… I will NEVER forget!!! Please give my love to ALL of your family – and let them know I care, I remember, and I will forever keep you all in my prayers!!! With all my love and sympathy, Nicole (ex nancy rogers)

... i hope it helps in some little way to know that Glen mattered to people that you all probably didn't even realize or remember --- he did, and his heroism will never be forgotten!!!
Nicole Blajaer
September 11, 2006
I still can not believe it was 5 years ago today we were all at lunch luaghin having fun. It feels like yesterday. Glen you will always be missed by so many because you touch and affected so many. Thank you for being the man you were to us all. I pray you are in a better place.
annmarie onorato
September 10, 2006
It isn't getting any easier. Miss you.
September 10, 2006
Brought 2 of the 3 to see you today, try explaining this to an almost 3 and almost 4 y/o. Sydney thinks "uncle Glen lives in the flowers" OK, I'll go with that. They both said "happy birthday uncle Glen" when we left. Then I put the truck into reverse by mistake and Liz said that was the sign that you heard them.
Miss ya.
Judy
June 9, 2006
A few more days till your birthday. We look at your picture and still shake our heads in disbelief....we tell our kids about you ...you are a part of our daily lives. We miss you!!!!!!!
May 30, 2006
A new year....another year without you. Will there ever come a time that we really believe you are happy where you are and that it is better then here....or will we forever feel the pain we feel now?? I want to beleive that...beleive that we will meet again and that those who have gone since you are with you and that you are all watching over us. Send a sign and let us know that you are with us.
January 1, 2006
again, Christmas isn't the same without you. Miss you.
December 26, 2005
6 Years ago we were playing mini golf at Disney...still surprised we didn't get kicked out of there. I miss you terribly, we all do.
Judy
November 15, 2005
just really missing you today.....wish life was different. Nothing will ever be the same.
November 8, 2005
Glen - I just wanted you to know that you are never far from my mind, especially on the anniversary of the most heart-breaking day that NY has ever faced. Some tears were shed as your brother and sister read your name during the ceremony at Ground Zero. Rest in peace my friend.
"Little Croach"
Kristina Inserillo
September 12, 2005
My promise has NOT been broken. The candles haven't gone out yet and they have been lit all day.
I will never let you down Glen no matter how busy life gets. Everbody grieves in thier own way, and I hang on to that damn day at headquarters so much, nobody would ever understand how much it meant to me. It was meant to be that I saw you that day, but why does it still hurt so much? The anger has not subsided one bit, it has actually gotten worse and I wonder if it will ever go away?
They say time heals,....so I can only wait.
You are Forever in My Heart and will NEVER be forgotten.
Angela Sanguedolce
September 11, 2005
Hey Glen..It's 4 years today that we had to deal with the horrible day. Tara and I read names at Ground Zero ceremony. It was awesome, we each had four name to read and finally your name at the end. It felt really good to do it. It still hard everyday to try to still understand that your gone. Deep down I still dont believe it. We all wore your shirts proudly with your name and badge number big and bright so everyone could see. Your fellow NYPD Officers are the best there is. We all miss you a real lot.....Love and Miss you..........Joe
Joe Wixted
September 11, 2005
4 years....I still can't believe this even happened no less that 4 years has passed. It is amazing the effect you had so many people's lives...you touched them....and they loved you...I love you. There will come a day when we will meet again...until then I will never stop questioning why God took you.
September 11, 2005
Last week was 4 years since I had seen you last. It was at a FD function, lots of people and we didn't get to talk. I have such guilt over this, I wish we could have spoken. I can still see you standing across the track from me. I can see that everyday. I miss you so much.
September 9, 2005
Happy Birthday Glen. We all miss you so much!
June 8, 2005
The golf outing went well...would have been better with you there. Miss you.
May 24, 2005
Miss you today on St. Patrick's Day.....miss you everyday. Love your family
March 17, 2005
I recently stumbled across this page while surfing the web. I had heard of Glen's passin on 9-11 and always think of him whenever the day is mentioned. I knew Glen all through junior and high school. He was a dear friend. It was so nice to see him at the 10 year reunion. I was so proud of what he was doing and bragged about it when I returned home.
Glen, you are in my thougths and prayers. I know I will see you again someday.
Linda Moccio
March 3, 2005
Glenn, Your presence is still missed 3 years later. Rob Shulman, News 12 LI
Robert Shulman
January 6, 2005
Yes, your family so right, easier with time doesn't apply here. We miss you so much, more at times like this when we imagine our kids growing up knowing you only from stories. They are great stories though, and we will never tire of telling them. Merry Christmas Glen, we love you.
December 25, 2004
Dear Glen,
Merry Christmas in heaven. How very sad that another year has passed and we don't get to see you...hug you...and laugh with you. The crazy people who say "it gets eaiser with time" obviously never knew you. If anything it gets sadder.....we miss you and love you. Forever....you family
your family
December 24, 2004
Yesterday was wierd not being home, but as I promised you... that candle was lit. I ofcourse wonder how you are and also if we'd be laughing together today if I didn't take that vacation day. Keep watching over everyone Glen.

Love you and that day we had at headquarters more and more every time I think of it... oh the stories you told me!
Ange
Angela Sanguedolce
September 12, 2004
Although we have all had many blessings since you've been gone, they all would have been so much sweeter with you here. We miss you so much.
September 11, 2004
Glen,
I just wanted to let you know that although I wont be home on Saturday,(which will be awkward) I will keep my promise to you and have a candle lit. I am wondering what "funny" you are going to prank on me now that I wont be running from tree to tree on my property trying to keep them all lit. I will wait for that prank and know exactly where its coming from and laugh. Continue watching over all of us and always remember our day at headquarters. I feel so lucky to have had that day with you, which makes me think back to high school and a bunch of other memories. It still hurts so damn much though.
Keep sending me signs.
Forever in my heart.
Angela.
Angela Sanguedolce
September 5, 2004
Uncle Glen! As overjoyed as everyone is to welcome your niece, Erin Glen Patty Kroupa to the world, it's not the same without you. She has already brought so much needed happiness to your family. Although you can't hold her in your arms, we know you will be guarding over her always.
We miss you so...
July 8, 2004
Happy Birthday Glen...we miss you.
June 11, 2004
Another birthday for us to miss you. The feelings of missing you grow stronger each day. Our family has good days and bad....we have had joys since we lost you...but those joys always seem to drift to you and the fact that you can't be here with us makes us so very sad. It never gets eaiser it just gets longer since we saw you. We miss you and pray that you are at peace and happy where you are. We miss and love you on your 33rd birthday..........your family
June 8, 2004
Another resounding success at the 3rd Annual Glen K. Pettit Memorial Golf Outing. You would be so proud of your amazing family & friends that vow never to forget you!
Kristina (Croci) Inserillo
May 25, 2004
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