'Big Apple's Little Girl' Remembers 9/11 Hero Mom

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There are many images coming out of 9/11 that are ingrained in the minds of millions of Americans.

One of the images some may recall is the photograph of 2-year-old Patricia Smith walking across the stage of Carnegie Hall to accept the New York City Police Department's Medal of Honor on behalf of her mother.

Her mom was Moira Smith, was a police officer who died saving hundreds of lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

"I feel proud that I did that, and was able to represent her," said Patricia, who at the time was called "The Big Apple's Little Girl."
Although Patricia, now 12, was too young to really have any memories of her mother, she recalls a favorite story her dad once told her about her mom
"My favorite one is probably the one that my dad told me about when she was about 12, my age," she said. "She jumped in a pool and saved a little girl. Like, even before 9/11 she was a hero to somebody."

Patricia says she's not sure yet if she will follow in her mother's footsteps when she grows up. 

She's torn between being a police officer, a teacher, and someone who works with horses. But Patricia says she's hopeful she can find a way to combine all three.

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