From Police Heroes, a book by author Chuck Whitlock:
Port Authority Police Officer Clinton Davis, thirty-eight, enjoyed people and music according to his sister, Sandra Davis. He always had his karaoke equipment at parties or celebrations so he could display his singing talent. “He was always one to lift your spirits,” Port Authority Police Officer Luis Solivan said, as reported in the New York Daily News.
But on September 11th, he was in the North Tower working at ground level when it collapsed. His body was found on the stairs next to a close friend, Port Authority police officer Uhuru Houston.
Davis grew up in Queens, New York. He joined the Air Force in 1981 and was stationed in Austin, Texas. He left active duty in the late eighties and returned to New York City. A Massapequa, New York resident, he is survived by his three children, Clinton, Jr., Priscilla and Julian.
Portraits of Grief, The New York Times
Father, Model and Hero
Clinton Davis, a Port Authority policeman, was a disciplinarian. “Keep in line, stay out of trouble and stay in school” was the mantra he had for his children and his nephews and nieces.
“When one of the kids got into trouble, he would have a little talk with them,” said his younger sister, Sandra Davis. The children looked up to Mr. Davis, 38, as their model, and the family savored the story of his restraining a “huge crazy man” at the World Trade Center. In the process, Mr. Davis tore his hamstring.
The knowledge that Mr. Davis died while helping others gives the Flushing, Queens, family comfort. One of his colleagues told his family that he ran in and out of the north tower to evacuate people, and when he went in one last time, the tower collapsed. His body was later found on the stairs next to his closest friend, another Port Authority police officer, Uhuru Houston.
“They knew their father died a hero,” Mrs. Davis said of Clinton Davis’ three children, ages 18, 12 and 10. “And that made it a lot easier for them to accept the facts.”