Retired NYPD officers living in Charlotte honor friends during 9-11 service

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Heartfelt emotions flowed at Covenant Day School and Christ Covenant Church in Matthews.

While public safety agencies across Mecklenburg County were being recognized an event titled Honoring Our Community Heroes, feelings ran deep for those wearing the letters NYPD, and their connection to the twin towers.

Retired NYPD Captain Harvey Katowitz is among those who lost loved ones.

" I had kid who I coached in soccer for nine years with my son who died there," he said. "Two officers that worked for me, A detective who worked for me were killed."

Katowitz now calls the Charlotte area home.

Henry Dobson is a former New York City corrections officer who now lives in Charlotte. He also lost friends.

"So when you lose one. You lose part of your family. You lose part of your soul," he said.

Questions raised by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding safety issues this weekend, demonstrate the need for public help in stopping a potential threat.

Chris Swecker is a former F-B-I special agent in North Carolina.

He said. "They've got enlist the citizenry and every cop on the street and every transit police, every school police officer, and every campus police officer in the effort."

Outside the government center in Center City are symbols of patriotism, and inside the lobby remnants from the twin towers.

More signs reveal that life has changed in Charlotte since 9-11.

Cameras track now constantly our every move throughout center city, and deliveries to skyscrapers are handled with closer scrutiny.

Captain Katowitz understands the need to remain vigilant.

"You always have to remain on guard now. That's unfortunate. It's unfortunate that we had to change our way of life, because of what happened on 9-11," he said.

On Sunday Katowitz and his fellow officers from New York in the Charlotte area will gather at the police memorial on Trade Street across the street from police headquarters.

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