Press Release Article


Date: Nov 30, 2001
Press Release Number: 153-2001

Port Authority police officers, whose heroic actions in response to September 11 terrorist attacks have stirred the world, will be visible on television and in person during the next several days as they participate in a holiday sing-along, a law enforcement seminar and are honored at a cancer fund-raiser.

Port Authority police officers will join their New York Police Department and Fire Department counterparts Monday to tape a holiday television commercial on the skating rink at Rockefeller Center in the backdrop of the newly lit 87-foot Christmas tree. Viewers will see and hear officers singing “Silver Bells’’ throughout the holiday season.

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey on Saturday will honor the 37 Port Authority Police officers and commanders and 38 civilians who died in the September 11 attacks.
Also on Monday, Police Lt. Keith Walcott will deliver a keynote speech during the state of California’s Office of Traffic Safety Police Traffic Services seminar.
“We’re honored that these groups have asked the Port Authority to participate in these events,” said Ernesto Butcher, Chief Operating Officer. “These events afford us opportunities to remind people of the role of the Port Authority. We are grateful that
these groups also have in mind during this holiday season the families of our lost officers and civilians from the September 11 attacks.”

These are just some of the outpouring of requests from across the country as the nation continues to extend a hand of sympathy and support, Butcher said.

The “Silver Bells” television commercial will be filmed at 9:30 a.m. Monday. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s event is at 8 p.m. Saturday in Gladstone, New Jersey. The Office of Traffic Safety’s Police Traffic Services Seminar in Monterey, California is also Monday morning.

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