Retired New York Police Department Officer Derrick Bishop died on Sept. 19, from cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Officer Bishop, 60, served 21 years on the force. He had been diagnosed with thyroid and prostate cancer, his sister, Jeaneen Bishop, told the New York Daily News.

Jeaneen Bishop, who now works as a police aide with the Irvington Police Department in New Jersey, said that her brother is “the oldest brother in the family” and the first member of their family to serve in law enforcement.

“It was a great, great loss,” she said of her brother’s death.

After retiring in 2003, Derrick Bishop was a security guard at a bottling facility in East New York, according to the New York Post.

He entered headlines in 2014 when he was confronted by an armed carjacker. The event took place in East New York while Bishop was working his midnight security detail.

“I looked at him, and I see his hands and see he has a 9mm pointed at my face,” the retired officer told the New York Post at the time. “Then he told me he’s going to blow my brains out, he would shoot me in the face if I didn’t hand him my money.”

Bishop fatally shot his attacker. The suspect later died at Brookdale Hospital.

While the nation processed the events, Bishop was reported to have been tearful. Jeaneen Bishop recalled the grief her brother experienced in the wake of the shooting was heartbreaking. She noted, “He never wanted to do anything like that.”

Bishop leaves behind a wife, Patricia, and daughters Dominique and Chanel, as well as his mother, sister, and brother.

His funeral was held on Sept. 26 in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News.

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