Press Release Article


Date: Apr 26, 2012
Press Release Number: 58-2012

Officer’s Swift Actions Result in the Safety of a Citizen

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today honored Port Authority Police Officer Robert Joseph for saving the life of a 21-year-old man who was attending a hockey game in Bethpage, Long Island in January. The Board members recognized the officer during the Board’s monthly public meeting. They credited the officer’s quick, decisive actions for saving the man, who has since made a full recovery.

The incident occurred on January 11 at the Bethpage Sportime Multi-Sport Facility, while Officer Joseph, who is assigned to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, was refereeing a hockey game. During the game, Officer Joseph was told about a man in the arena having a seizure. The officer quickly responded and immediately began to use his first aid training to administer CPR to the man, who was not breathing and was without a pulse. Officer Joseph also made use of a portable defibrillator that was available in the arena until emergency personnel took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he made a full recovery.

“Our police force is among the finest in the country and this recent event is another example of our officers doing their jobs courageously,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “Officer Joseph’s actions bring great pride and distinction to the Port Authority, and continue the tradition of excellence expected by all members of the Port Authority Police Department.”

“Our officers regularly go above and beyond to protect not only our customers, but the public in general,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “We applaud this officer’s actions and commend him for the service he provides to the public every day.”

“The decisive actions of Port Authority Officer Joseph led to the safety of a young man,” said Port Authority Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko. “His actions are to be commended and I am so pleased the Board is bringing his efforts and quick-thinking to the public’s attention.”

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Al Della Fave, 201-239-3556

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