Erin Coughlin, daughter of NYPD Sergeant John Coughlin, is completing her training as a cadet at the Police Academy this year. Ms. Coughlin is following in her Dad’s footsteps but for her the career choice of being a cop for the City of New York brings with it a special motivation. Erin’s father died on September 11, 2001 when the Twin Towers collapsed—he met his death helping folks at the World Trade Center escape the burning buildings.
“My mother has been super supportive,” Erin said. “She helps me get my uniform ready. For her, this is the second time around. She used to help my father. She didn’t hesitate when I told her.”
“I’m very happy for her,” said Erin’s mom, Patricia. “John loved his job. It was good to him. A lot of great things happened to him, and he met a lot of great people working for the NYPD. Of course, it led to his death, but he did what he loved, and you can’t beat that. I know he’d be happy and proud of her being a cop.”
Still, Erin can’t shake her father’s shadow. A few weeks ago, she was taking a test in a room with pictures of cops who had died in the line of duty.
“There was his mug, looking down on me,” she said. “I smiled.”
“He was just this humongous guy who made sure we were always laughing and always had something to smile about. He loved his job. I know he’s proud I’m following in his footsteps.” New York Post