THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY TO OBSERVE SIX-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD TRADE CENTER TRAGEDY

Date: Mar 08, 2002
Press Release Number: 16-2002

The Port Authority on Monday will solemnly mark the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center with a minute of silence at all its facilities in New York and New Jersey, to be observed at 8:46 a.m. Flags at Port Authority facilities will fly at half-staff for the day, Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour announced today.

Seventy-five Port Authority employees and nine supplemental employees perished in the attacks, many because they were working heroically to help thousands of occupants of the Twin Towers escape to safety. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 members, the largest loss of life suffered in a single day by any police department in American history.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, \"I have always known that the Port Authority staff was extraordinarily dedicated, but on September 11th the world saw that dedication in action. We will never forget the deeds of these public servants who died so that others might live. And we continue to admire the courage and dedication of the Port Authority employees who are working so hard to carry out the agency’s vital mission.\"

New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, \"Since the first hours after the terrorist attacks, we have been deeply moved by the extraordinary heroism and sacrifice of Port Authority staff, police and civilians alike. They have acted in the highest traditions of public service. Today, six months after the attacks, we continue to grieve, and we will continue to support the Port Authority as it works tirelessly to provide vital security and transportation services.\"

Port Authority Chairman Jack G. Sinagra said, \"We will always remember with heavy hearts the loss of our 75 fallen co-workers, the heroes of September 11. At the same time, we should be grateful for the bravery and fortitude in the face of adversity shown by the surviving Port Authority staff. When the Port Authority’s headquarters at the World Trade Center were destroyed, they literally dusted themselves off and went right to work, assisting in the rescue efforts, and working around the clock to secure our region’s key transportation systems and keep them operating. That, too, was heroic.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"We continue to mourn our 75 fallen colleagues, even as we give thanks for their countless acts of bravery as they helped direct what is perhaps the greatest rescue in U.S. history. We celebrate their lives, and commit ourselves always to preserve the memory of their sacrifice.\"


Executive Director Seymour said, \"The bistate agency lost 75 of our family members – 37 members of the Port Authority Police and 38 civilian employees – on September 11 in the worst terrorist act in U.S. history. Most of those lost stayed behind to help evacuate people from the burning towers. In so doing, they helped to save an estimated 25,000, who escaped the complex before it was destroyed. Their self-sacrifice will live in the history of New York and the nation.\"

Port Authority Employees Lost on September 11, 2001
Joseph Amatuccio Ozone Park,N.Y.
Officer Christopher C. Amoroso Staten Island,N.Y.
Jean A. Andrucki Hoboken,N.J.
Richard A. Aronow Mahwah,N.J.
Ezra Aviles Commack,N.Y.
Arlene T. Babakitis Secaucus,N.J.
James W. Barbella Oceanside,N.Y.
Officer Maurice V. Barry Rutherford,N.J.
Margaret L. Benson Rockaway,N.J.
Daniel Bergstein Teaneck,N.J.
Edward Calderon Jersey City,N.J.
Officer Liam Callahan Rockaway,N.J.
Lieutenant Robert D. Cirri Nutley,N.J.
Carlos Dacosta Elizabeth,N.J.
Dwight D. Darcy Bronxville,N.Y.
Niurka Davila New York,N.Y.
Officer Clinton Davis Massapequa,N.Y.
Frank A. De Martini Brooklyn,N.Y.
William F. Fallon Rocky Hill,N.J.
Stephen J. Fiorelli Aberdeen,N.J.
Officer Donald A. Foreman Staten Island,N.Y.
Officer Gregg J. Froehner Chester,N.J.
Barry H. Glick Wayne,N.J.
Officer Thomas E. Gorman Middlesex,N.J.
Joseph F. Grillo Staten Island,N.Y.
Ken G. Grouzalis Lyndhurst,N.J.
Patrick A. Hoey Middletown,N.J.
Officer Uhuru G. Houston Englewood,N.J.
Officer George G. Howard Hicksville,N.Y.
Officer Stephen Huczko Hampton,N.J.
Inspector Anthony P. Infante Jr Chatham,N.J.
Prem N. Jerath Edison,N.J.
Mary S. Jones New York,N.Y.
Officer Paul W. Jurgens Levittown,N.Y.
Deborah H. Kaplan Paramus,N.J.
Douglas G. Karpiloff Mamaroneck,N.Y.
Sergeant Robert M. Kaulfers Kenilworth,N.J.
Frank Lalama Nutley,N.J.
Officer Paul Laszczynski Paramus,N.J.
Officer David P. Lemagne North Bergen,N.J.
Officer John J. Lennon Howell,N.J.
Officer John D. Levi Lexington,N.Y.
Executive Director, Neil D. Levin New York,N.Y.
Margaret S. Lewis Elizabeth,N.J.
Officer James F. Lynch Woodbridge,N.J.
Robert H. Lynch Cranford,N.J.
Myrna Maldonado Bronx,N.Y.
Captain Kathy Mazza South Farmingdale,N.Y.
Officer Donald J. McIntyre New City,N.Y.
Officer Walter A. McNeil East Stroudsberg,PA.
Deborah A. MerrickNew York City, NY
Director/Supt. of Police Fred V. Morrone Lakewood,N.J.
Officer Joseph M. Navas Paramus,N.J.
Pete Negron Bergenfield,N.J.
Officer James Nelson Clark,N.J.
Officer Alfonse J. Niedermeyer Manasquan,N.J.
David Ortiz Nanuet,N.Y.
Officer James W. Parham Jackson Heights,N.Y.
Nancy E. Perez Union City,N.J.
Officer Dominick A. Pezzulo Bronx,N.Y.
Eugene J. Raggio Staten Island,N.Y.
Officer Bruce A. Reynolds Columbia,N.J.
Francis S. Riccardelli Westwood,N.J.
Officer Antonio J. Rodrigues Port Washington,N.Y.
Officer Richard Rodriguez Cliffwood,N.J.
Chief James A. Romito Westwood,N.J.
Kalyan K. Sarkar Westwood,N.J.
Anthony Savas Astoria,N.Y.
Officer John P. Skala Clifton,N.J.
Edward T. Strauss Edison,N.J.
Officer Walwyn W. Stuart Valley Stream,N.Y.
Officer Kenneth F. Tietjen Matawan,N.J.
Lisa L. Trerotola Hazlet,N.J.
Officer Nathaniel Webb Jersey City,N.J.
Officer Michael T. Wholey Westwood,N.J.
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