Criminal justice major honors father,
Port Authority hero who died on 9/11
Priscilla Davis was just 12 years old when her father, policeman Clinton Davis, was killed in the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, she is a senior criminal justice major at Texas State, following her father’s footsteps and bearing a permanent memorial to him.
“I don’t look like the kind of person to have a tattoo on my arm or anything,” she says with a shrug. But there it is, prominent on her right forearm: The twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, sun beaming between them, showering rays in multiple directions. Below them, a badge: Port Authority Police, No. 1719.
It’s a memorial.
Ten years ago, Clinton Davis Sr. raced into the north tower of the World Trade Center searching for people to evacuate. He already had led dozens out of the doomed skyscraper. In a hurried phone call to the Port Authority, his wife in Austin had been assured that he was all right.
It took 12 days for rescuers to find his body. Davis’ father was one of 37 Port Authority of New York & New Jersey policemen killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“I’m proud,” Davis says. “My dad, he died a hero. A lot of people can’t say that.”
Priscilla Davis shares her story in the video below; read more about her in the Texas State Rising Stars Archive.