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PORT AUTHORITY HONORS 36 OFFICERS FOR HEROIC AND LIFE SAVING ACTIONS WHILE ON DUTY AT AGENCY FACILITIES

Date: Nov 01, 2011
Press Release Number: 133-2011

The Port Authority Police Department today held a ceremony led by Superintendent Michael Fedorko to pay tribute to 36 of its police officers for their heroic and life-saving actions while protecting the Port Authority’s customers and transportation facilities.

Superintendent Fedorko presented the officers with medals to mark their valiant, selfless acts, which range from disarming suspects to preventing a home invasion, to saving the lives of people with medical problems.

“The most important responsibility of our agency is to ensure the safety and security of the people who use our facilities every day,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “The service of these 36 officers – and all of the men and women of the PAPD – show that commitment each and every day.”

Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “The men and women of the PAPD are among the finest law enforcement officers in the nation. The people of New Jersey and New York are safer today because these 36 officers – and the entire PAPD force – put on that badge every morning.”

Police Superintendent Fedorko said, “Our police officers exemplify the best qualities of law-enforcement nationwide, with a commitment to doing what is necessary to safeguard people and property. While we honor them today, they honor the Port Authority’s mission each day.”

Following is a list of officers being honored and a brief description of the incident that led to their recognition:

Police Officer Michael Faello

Police Officer Michael McCann

Police Officer Sean McNichols

Police Officer Kevin Smith


On February 25, 2011, Police Officers Michael Faello, Michael McCann, Sean McNichols and Kevin Smith responded to a report of a passenger in cardiac arrest in the area of Gate 26, Terminal 5, at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers observed an unresponsive 61-year-old male lying on the floor. The officers evaluated the victim, positioned him appropriately and undertook life-saving tasks including CPR. The patient was transported to Jamaica Hospital with a pulse and was later released.

Police Officer Nicholas Ciacarelli

Police Officer Kevin Hochbrueckner


At approximately 1:30 p.m. on December 21, 2010, Officers Nicholas Ciacarelli and Kevin Hochbrueckner were flagged down by bystanders for an unconscious man in the departure level of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Upon arriving at the scene, the officers observed the 28-year-old man not breathing and without a pulse. The officers recognized the man was in cardiac arrest and immediately began CPR. The individual was transported to Jamaica Hospital with a restored pulse and breathing without assistance.

Police Officer Johany Brugnoni

Police Officer Thomas Kemble


On November 17, 2010, Police Officers Johany Bugnoni and Thomas Kemble responded to a call of a man who collapsed on the floor. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers found a 54-year-old man in cardiac arrest. Without hesitation, the officers requested EMS and medical equipment. They immediately began CPR and used the defibrillator. A pulse was restored and the patient was breathing on his own when he was transported to Bellevue Hospital.

Sergeant Hector Martinez

Police Officer David Bonilla

Police Officer Sandra Burgos

Police Officer Jessica McKay


On October 21, 2010, Officer Jessica McKay responded to a call of a female who collapsed inside the restroom. Upon arriving, the officer found the victim blue in color, not breathing and unresponsive. Officer McKay requested assistance and EMS. Officer McKay, along with Police Officers Sandra Burgos and David Bonilla and Sgt. Martinez, administered CPR. The victim regained a pulse and began breathing on her own.

Sgt Kevin Cottrell

Sgt. Joseph McCloskey

Police Officer Glen Page

Police Officer Vincent Morelli

Police Officer Dennis Mitchell


On November 8, 2010, the Central Police Desk received a report of a man on the cable of the north side of the George Washington Bridge and dispatched the Emergency Services Unit. The 19-year-old man was on top of the cables and threatened to jump off. Sgt. Kevin Cottrell, Sgt. Joseph McCloskey, and Police Officers Glen Page, Vincent Morelli, and Dennis Mitchell located the man on top of the Jersey tower above the north walk. The officers went up the elevator and traveled from the Jersey tower above the south walk to the Jersey tower above the north walk. The officers located the individual and brought him under control. The subject was taken down the south walk and transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for evaluation.

Police Officer Dennis Mitchell

Police Officer Glen Page

Police Officer Michael Keller

Police Officer Daniel Dias


On December 24, 2008, the Port Authority Police Emergency Services Unit responded to a major motor vehicle accident on Route 1 & 9 in Newark, N.J. Officers Dennis Mitchell, Glen Page, Michael Keller and Daniel Dias responded. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers observed approximately 20 vehicles had collided due to “black ice.” The incident covered an area of about 300 yards. The officers immediately assessed the situation and began to triage and administer first aid. The officers persevered and aided three cardiac arrests, one head trauma and a variety of non-life threatening injuries. The incident lasted nearly three hours due to the inclement weather and treacherous environment.

Police Officer Oles Derroches

Police Officer Joseph Mastriano


On February 19, 2011, the PATH police desk alerted officers that the Newark Police Department was looking for a subject involved in a stabbing near Newark Penn Station.

While conducting a canvas of the area, Officers Oles Derroches and Joseph Mastriano came across a subject fitting the description provided by the Newark Police Department. In the course of their investigation, the officers found the subject in possession of an illegal firearm with hollow point rounds. The subject was arrested without incident.

Police Officer Robert Wallace

Police Officer Nicolas Pimienta


On December 19, 2010, PATH officers were given a description of a suspect wanted for an attempted violent robbery at the 23rd Street PATH Station. While on patrol, Police Officers Robert Wallace and Nicolas Pimienta observed a man matching the description. Without incident, he was taken into custody.

Police Officer Jason Cirillo

On December 9, 2010, while on duty, Police Officer Jason Cirillo observed two marked New York Police Department vehicles in active pursuit New Jersey-bound on the Goethals Bridge. Officer Cirillo joined the pursuit and communicated to the desk and supervisors his location and a description of the vehicle. During the chase, information was released that the vehicle was wanted for a homicide. Officer Cirillo pursued the driver into a marsh area without injury or incident and an arrest was made.

Sgt. Robert Coccodrilli

On September 23, 2010, while off duty, Sgt. Coccodrilli observed two unknown men exiting a neighbor’s driveway in Brooklyn, N.Y. and approach another home. One suspect walked down the driveway while the other remained in front. Sgt. Coccodrilli drove away assuming the individuals were visitors. But the behavior concerned him, so he returned and observed that both suspects were gone. He then called 911, identified himself as an off-duty officer, and reported his observations. Officers from the New York Police Department quickly responded. Sgt. Coccodrilli was advised that his call enabled the police to stop an in-progress home invasion. One suspect


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