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Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. was in attendance yesterday at One Police Plaza as the NYPD placed the names of 19 fallen officers on its memorial wall. 

The names of those who died in 2015 included two killed in the line of duty, another who was killed serving in Afghanistan and 16 who passed away from 9/11-related illnesses. 

Included among the 16 was Sgt. Patrick P. Murphy, Peter's cousin who died of a rare form of cancer linked to the heroic work he did at Ground Zero.

Det. Joseph Lemm, 45, was killed Dec. 21, 2015, in a suicide bombing while serving with the Air National Guard overseas in Afghanistan.

Lemm served three times in Iraq and Afghanistan and received a Purple Heart. Still an active NYPD detective, he deployed again in 2015. 

Johnson Jr. said he did not plan to do a story on the memorial, but was so moved by what he witnessed that he felt he had to share it with the audience. 

Johnson called it a "cathedral of courage," and said he admired the grieving families' resilience and the "ability not to complain and to go on and grieve and still love America." 

"[It was] one of the great days of my life. Out of this grief came this understanding [of] who we are, more than I've felt in years. I was so proud to be a New Yorker and so proud to be an American," he said.

He emphasized that 9/11 first responders are still dying each day from cancer and other illnesses linked to the toxic materials at Ground Zero.

Watch his thoughts above.


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