Press Release Article


Date: May 10, 2002
Press Release Number: 57-2002

Somber tributes to officers killed in the line of duty, including the 37 Port Authority Police officers and commanders who died on September 11, are scheduled during National Police Week services in Washington.

National Police Week is always the calendar week in which May 15 – National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day – falls. This year, families of the fallen Port Authority officers and commanders will travel to Washington by bus, accompanied by escorts along the route from various states’ police departments. They will be accompanied by the Port Authority’s top police command.

Events this year include a Blue Mass, a candlelight vigil, a charity motorcycle run and a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, at the 400 block of E Street NW.
“National Police Week is a time to honor the tireless dedication of the men and women on our force, but this year’s event will be even more solemn as the region and the nation remember the sacrifices of 37 Port Authority officers and commanders who gave their lives to protect their fellow citizens,” said Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Charles D. DeRienzo. “We carry the memories of their selfless acts of heroism in our hearts and minds every day.”

Also present for the Washington event will be the Port Authority Police Pipes and Drums Band and a traveling memorial exhibit created by retired Port Authority police officers.

The 37 Port Authority Police officers and commanders who died on September 11 represent the largest one-day loss of life by any law enforcement agency in U.S. history.

The 1,300-member Port Authority Police Department patrols the region’s major transportation facilities – including Kennedy International, Newark International and LaGuardia airports, the PATH system and the region’s ports, bus terminals, bridges and tunnels. Port Authority Police also provide aircraft rescue and firefighting at the airports. In addition, they are trained as certified first responders to medical emergencies.

For more information about National Police Week activities, visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Web at

Contact: Dan Bledsoe
Public Affairs
212 435-7777

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