Hero Down: NYPD Officer Michael Grannis Succumbs To 9/11-Related Cancer
New York, NY – Retired New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Michael Grannis died on March 10, following a battle with cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.
Officer Grannis, 54, spent nearly his entire NYPD career working in the Fifth Precinct, according to his obituary.
The lifelong Staten Island resident served the department for two decades.
Officer Grannis, an accomplished martial artist who spoke fluent Chinese, made at least 15 trips to China during his lifetime, according to his obituary.
He also taught tai chi, karate, and kung fu in Chinatown.
In a memorial tribute, Phil Ciulo said he was “absolutely gutted” to learn of his longtime friend’s passing.
He described Officer Grannis as a “soft spoken man” who he highly respected.
“He was a Class Act & Gentleman. A true Martial Artist who took learning the Martial Arts to another level,” Ciulo wrote.
Officer Grannis wholeheartedly embraced Chinese culture.
“The man taught himself to speak Chinese and travelled to Shaolin to learn from the monks themselves!!!” Ciulo marveled.
Ciulo said that Officer Grannis was “one of the many heroes that walked this earth in an NYPD uniform.”
“I’m proud to have called you my friend and brother,” he wrote.
Officer Grannis leaves behind his wife, Ruth, and his daughter, Jia Rose, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Officer Grannis was laid to rest on March 14.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Officer Michael Grannis, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.