Peter C. Woods

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Born in New York, NY on February 22, 1961

Departed on January 9, 2021 and resided in Hartsdale, NY

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Peter Woods, a retired, decorated New York City Police Sergeant, who had been serving as a Hartsdale Fire Department Commissioner, died on January 9th from complications of Leukemia. His passing was related to his rescue/recovery work on the pile following the 9/11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center in 2001.

Woods, 59, was a first responder to many emergencies throughout New York City. Besides the 2001 terrorist attack, he also responded to the first terrorist bombing at the WTC in 1993. He is also credited with rescuing passengers from US Air Flight 5050 that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport into Bowery Bay in 1989.

Rising to the rank of sergeant in the NYPD, during a twenty-year career, Woods was thrilled when his first assignment, after being promoted, was the Mid-Town South Precinct which covered Times Square, the cross roads of the world, and where he worked many New Year’s Eves.

Woods eventually joined the NYPD Special Operations Harbor Unit, from which he would retire.  While in the Harbor Unit, he worked on many special projects including a joint task force with the FBI looking into jet ski smuggling. This project took him from doing surveillance work at Orchard Beach in the Bronx to Florida to Puerto Rico. He also became an expert at investigating boat insurance fraud.

After his retirement from the NYPD, Woods worked for the US Marshall’s Office at the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan. He was a founding member of Police Officers Providing Peer Assistance, POPPA, a program committed to helping prevent police suicide.

Woods was born February 22, 1961 in New York City to the late Charles and Jean Woods.

Growing up in the Bronx, Peter graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School and from Dominican College in Rockland County.

His father, wanting to keep Woods safe and off the streets, got him a job, at age 11, counting worms on a fishing boat. This would eventually turn into a career as a commercial fisherman before joining the New York City Police Department in 1981.

In 1995 he married his wife, Sara Trujillo, at Saint Margaret’s Church in Riverdale. Wood’s colleagues affectionally referred to Sara as “Sergeant” and after Woods was promoted to sergeant, they referred to Sara as “Lieutenant”.

Woods was a devoted father to his daughters, Anna and Olivia. According to his wife, “Peter was a girls dad, a basketball dad, dedicated to his daughters.” He loved his two greyhounds Angus and Sheriff. He was also a passionate, lifelong, New York Yankees fan.

Community service continued to be very important to Woods during his retirement. He had been serving as a Hartsdale Fire Department Commissioner since 2018. Woods was a past president of the Sacred Heart Elementary School Parent’s Club and was a member of the Sacred Heart Church (Hartsdale, NY) Parish Council. He was co-chair of The Westchester County 9/11 Related Illnesses Memorial Committee for victims who died from 9/11 illnesses.

Woods is survived by his wife, Sara, daughters Anna and Olivia, sister Maureen Guiney (John),  Brother John Furlong, niece Amy Adams (Greg), grandniece Katelyn Adams and grandnephew Dylan Adams. In addition, mother-in-law Terry Trujillo, sister-in-law Marcela Trujillo, brother-in-law Rico Trujillo as well as a multitude of extended family including The Lagomasinos and The Duques.

Woods had many “brothers in life” namely Kevin Darcy, Dan McGowan, Tom Rosen, and many others. As well as his “sisters in life” Susan McGowan, Lorraine Rosen, Regina and Maureen O'Dwyer. He was “Uncle Peter” to Alex Rosen and Cate Rosen, Katie McGowan and Conner McGowan (RIP). He also loved his Bronx cohorts Mary Naughton and Joseph Naughton. He cherished his Hartsdale family and all the friends he collected through his life.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of Peter to help the family during this trying time.  Please visit this link for any well appreciated donations.

Peter Woods Memorial, organized by Friends Of Peter Woods


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  1. TJ January 13, 2021 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss 🙏🙏

  2. alexa smith January 13, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    i love you liv and i am so sorry for your loss stay strong praying for you and your family❤️❤️❤️

    • Kathy Kelly Marino January 15, 2021 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      My deepest condolences. I went to grammar school and high school with Peter and remember a kind, gentle person. My deepest appreciation for all he did to make the world a better place. RIP

  3. Norman Ellis January 13, 2021 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I’m sorry for your loss❤️


  4. Maureen Woods Guiney January 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    How do I live without you, my baby brother. You were the best man that I ever knew! Now you are with mom and dad, and finally out of pain. My heart is broken. Please help to guide us and continue to keep us strong.

    • Laurie McCauley Clerkin January 13, 2021 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      My sincere condolences to the Woods Family
      Rest In Peace Peter 🙏

    • Terry McNulty Matthews January 15, 2021 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Maureen, I remember that little boy….I am amazed on what an impressive man he became. My heart breaks for you at this loss of your little brother. I love the image of him counting worms on a boat…and how your Dad’s efforts contributed to his sons path in life. Sending hugs…

  5. Raymond Flores January 13, 2021 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace. Thinking of all the good memories at the U.S. Courthouse, S.D.N.Y., never a sign of discord but, always showing a positive one. Thank you ,Pete for sharing your good nature with us at work. It made it more enjoyable.

  6. Ed January 13, 2021 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss

  7. Shelagh Amann January 13, 2021 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I miss our little talks…
    Rest In Peace & Love my friend
    Until we meet again xo

    • Marino Family January 14, 2021 at 12:05 am - Reply

      Words fail to express our sorrow for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and in our hearts. 💗

  8. Brian O’Reilly January 13, 2021 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I will miss you terribly my friend.

  9. Tammy Rabadi January 13, 2021 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I’m still in complete disbelief you be are gone…You Will Always Be…Forever Loved, Forever Missed, Forever Family…Rest In Peace My Friend XO Say hi to my dad…

  10. Mayda Echevarria January 13, 2021 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Rest in Peace Pete. My condolences to the family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  11. Claire Ferraro January 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Reading the summary of Peter’s life really describes what a wonderful person he was and so devoted, passionate and caring. I am so sorry for the loss of a great man. Sending my prayers, love and hugs to you, Sara, Olivia, Anna.

  12. Dennis Moloney January 13, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I graduated high school and the Police Academy with Pete. Great friend and Police Officer..Rest In Peace Brother!

    • Marino Family January 14, 2021 at 12:16 am - Reply

      Words fail to express our sorrow for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and in our hearts. 💗

  13. Patricia Linardi January 13, 2021 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Sending you all my love ♥️ I’m sorry I can’t be there with you but you are in my heart & prayers.

  14. Teresa January 13, 2021 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    i love you and your family and i’ll never forget you

  15. Anne Whelton Harding January 13, 2021 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Peter thank you for your years of service to New York City. I have such fond memories of laughter for the many adventures as students at Dominican College. May you Rest in God’s Peace my friend.

  16. kate bonarrigo January 13, 2021 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    sending love❤️❤️

  17. Fr. Philip Tah January 14, 2021 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Peter, it’s so sad to hear of your passing. You brought so much light to our world through your service, commitment, joy and laughter. You modeled the virtues of spousal love and good parenting. Working with you at Sacred Heart Church, Hartsdale made everything pleasurable and successful. You will be sorely missed. May God grant you rest 🙏 and may God watch over and protect you Sara, Anna, and Olivia.

    • Kathleen January 14, 2021 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Amen Father Philip. Peterwoods, as we know him from neighborhood bocce, that’s right it’s one word, was a big man with a big heart! May God bless and be with his daughters and wife

  18. Sam Argiento January 14, 2021 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I love you all so much, and I am keeping him in my prayers. I feel grateful that I had the privilege of knowing him. ❤️

  19. Debra Kavanagh Duncker January 14, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to the Woods family. 🙏. RIP.

  20. Terry Trujillo January 14, 2021 at 10:19 am - Reply

    It takes an extraordinary man to do extraordinary deeds. Peter was that man. He leaves a legacy of service to those in need and a beacon of love to Sara, Anna and Olivia. He will be in our hearts forever for we were blessed to have had the privilege of having Peter in our lives. RIP Peter 🙏

  21. Claire Shea January 14, 2021 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Growing up we always heard about Peter. He really was a good friend of Maureen & Regina. I am a cousin of theirs. RIP & know that their is a good God.

  22. Raz Parra January 14, 2021 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Pete, it was a terribly sad moment learning you had passed. That was short lived though as my memories of our escapades together flooded back. Yes, escapades Some truly memorable and hysterical moments, Javits Center “Walk this way”, dining outside of Rizzo’s on Steinway Street, waterskiing/Weekend at Bernie’s moment on L33, the hatch popping out and dropping on Selvaggi’s toes, the weed’s at Lemon Creek and on and on… We had some amazing times together, many amazing meals, but most of all we had years and years of fun. BE WELL MY FRIEND!.

  23. Larry Migliozzi January 14, 2021 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Worked with Pete for many years teaching New York State Marine Law Enforcement Training programs. Pete was one of the best people I had the privilege to work with. Smart, funny, dedicated, talented….he will be sorely missed.

  24. Joe O’Carroll January 14, 2021 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace Pete. Some great times had at Harbor George Base and the Emerald Society meetings…. Always a smile and a kind word, you will be missed my friend. God Bless.

  25. Kayla Thomsen January 14, 2021 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I am grateful beyond words for the amazing young women that Peter Woods has raised. His spirit is bright in them 💗

  26. Anjani Dubey January 14, 2021 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to the Woods family for their loss.

  27. Camille Yuscak January 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    There are only a few people who touch your life and inspire you. Peter’s legacy is one of love, service and commitment to others. I challenge us all to carry on his legacy. Sara, Anna and Olivia, my heart 💜 is with you. You were blessed to have Peter every day and the rest of us are blessed to have been touched by his presence in our lives.

    • Ellen Jones January 17, 2021 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      So well said Camille! To have had the opportunity to know him was a gift!

  28. Gertha Laurent January 15, 2021 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I met Peter at Parish council meeting. He was very devoted to Parent Club. He is pretty good with raising funds for the school. He will be missed. He was to Young to die. He is with God, and done with pain.

  29. Samantha Carrea January 15, 2021 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I’m so thankful I was able to know to your dad, even if it wasn’t for a very long time. Livi, Anna, Sara, I’m keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers💗

  30. Geraldine & Brendan Monaghan January 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Deepest sympathy to Sara, Anna, Olivia and extended families on the sad passing of Peter. We have fond memories of Peter, he will be dearly missed. May his gentle sole Rest In Peace.

  31. Rev. Patrick J. Carney January 16, 2021 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    A great man. So helpful to everybody who sought help.
    God bless him, his wife, Sara, and his two daughters, Anna and Olivia.
    Rev. Patrick J. Carney

  32. Linda Frawley January 16, 2021 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    We are truly sorry for your unimaginable loss.
    Please know that out thoughts and prayers are with you always.
    We were honored to have known him.
    May the wonderful memories you have live on in your hearts forever.

    Patrick. Linda and Lea Frawley💕❤️

  33. Dr. Madden January 16, 2021 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    This was truly a great man. My sincerest condolences & prayers to Ana and the two young ladies.

  34. Heber Dunkle January 18, 2021 at 11:58 am - Reply

    This news hit me like a ton of bricks!

    Pete and I were radio car partner’s in the 47 police pct in the Bronx. I, having just been assigned to the 47th a week before. He a basic rookie, we teamed up the first week he was assigned. I had 14 years of prior policing experience from other command assignments and Pete was an eager learner and boy did he learn fast about the real world of policing.. We shared thousands of real life experiences that I will never forget.

    About 1985, when it came time to make a career choice, a choice that would later propel his career into a great assignment..i.e., the NYPD Harbor Unit, I almost had to boot him in the rear to go for it because he was thinking more about what would happen to me!

    That was Pete through and through!

  35. Connie Duque January 18, 2021 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I love you Peter 💝 you created a beautiful family that will honor your memory. Thanks for all your kindness and laughter 👍💕💕 RIP

  36. Julienne Ryan January 19, 2021 at 8:32 am - Reply


    You were a compelling presence. Your love of your family and family shined through. Rest in peace.

  37. Sylvia & Tony January 19, 2021 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Sara, Anna, Olivia and Maureen,
    Our sincere condolences to you and your families.

  38. Joe Ryan January 19, 2021 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Deepest sympathies.

  39. Mike and Josephine Wade January 20, 2021 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Sincere condolences to all of the Woods family on the passing of a real gentleman Peter RIP.

  40. Bill @ Mija Deering January 20, 2021 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathies so sorry for your lose he was such a nice person.

  41. Edith & Bianca January 21, 2021 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  42. Deena Ghazarian January 22, 2021 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Such an elegant and well written legacy about one amazing man, husband and father. My deepest sympathies to you and your family Sara. Love you so much and all my prayers and thoughts right now include you and the girls. XOXO

  43. Christine January 22, 2021 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    How many hours and hours did we spend talking “greyhounds” on the phone? It’s been 9 years. Starting with Anubis. You weren’t feeling well and the girls didn’t want to leave but you had your 4-legged guy to keep you company. And then how we struggled to find a solution to his illness but he left all too soon. You weren’t ready for another but in 2018 I pleaded with you to take a foster. You knew from the get-go what I was up to and Angus came furever. And then a year later, Sheriff came too and never left. I’ll always remember those talks and your strength when you told me of your illness and your love for your family, friends and greyhounds. If only there were more like you on this earth. God speed my friend.

  44. Amir, Julie and Emma Centenni January 23, 2021 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Our deepest sympathies Sara, Anna and Olivia. Peter’s smile always warmed a room. Our prayers are with you all.

  45. Madeleine Metzler January 23, 2021 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Sending peace and prayers to the Woods Family–we love you!

  46. Alex Mavica NYPD Ret January 23, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    RIP fellow officer. May you keep your eyes in heaven on all police officers and fire fighters. You are now free from pain

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