Rising Stars: Priscilla Davis

Criminal justice major honors father,
Port Authority hero who died on 9/11

Photo of Priscilla DavisBy David King

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.

Photo of tattooTen 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.

2 responses to “Rising Stars: Priscilla Davis

  1. May God bless Priscilla and all her family. May she know that Americans have not and will not forget the sacrifice her father made for those in need of his assistance on September 11th. Priscilla’s life continues to be a magnificent testament to the strong, loving man her father obviously was. May she know that all across this country countless Americans still remember those we lost and pray for the families they left behind. God bless you, Priscilla, as you grow. We honor you and your father’s memory.

  2. Keep your head up. Let God guide your path. You have my moms name and i share the name of your father. I hope to keep doing right by my kids and hopefully they will cherish the same bond.

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