Press Release Article


Date: Aug 12, 2002
Press Release Number: 85-2002

New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey Joins Morrone Family for Ceremony

New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey and Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour will join the family of former Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Fred V. Morrone to christen a new, high-speed ferry in his honor at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, N.J.

NY Waterway is dedicating The Fred V. Morrone, to honor all 37 Port Authority Police Department officers and commanders who died while conducting rescue efforts after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Also on hand for the christening, will be the current Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Charles D. De Rienzo, NY Waterway President Arthur E. Imperatore Jr. and Morrone’s wife, Linda, and their children.

Morrone, who had formerly served as Lieutenant Colonel of the N.J. State Police, left his headquarters in Jersey City on the morning of September 11 and rushed to the World Trade Center to take command of the rescue operation. (A biographical sketch of Morrone is attached.)

Gov. McGreevey will speak briefly prior to the christening. The group will then board the boat for the christening and a short cruise. A luncheon program will follow, including remarks by Morrone’s widow, Linda, Mr. Seymour and Mr. Imperatore.

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.

Contact: Dan Bledsoe
Port Authority
212 435-7777

Directions to the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal:

New Jersey media
Take the New Jersey Turnpike exit 16E. Follow signs to the Lincoln Tunnel. Exit at Weehawken. At the traffic light, keep right of ramp and continue through traffic light and bear right. At the light (Baldwin Avenue) near the Lincoln Tunnel, turn left. Proceed over the train tracks and make an immediate left onto Pershing Road. Follow road to ferry terminal.

New York media
Free ferry service every 15 minutes will be provided to credentialed New York media at the West 38th Street NY Waterway dock to Port Imperial. The trip crossing takes six minutes.


Fred V. Morrone was named the Port Authority’s Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety on August 5, 1996.

Director Morrone was responsible for the overall management of the Port Authority Police Department, the nation’s 26th largest with a force of approximately 1,300 officers and commanders. The Port Authority Police patrol Kennedy International, Newark International and LaGuardia airports, the tunnels and bridges that link New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the PATH interstate rail system, marine terminals in New York and New Jersey, and other facilities operated by the bistate agency.

Director Morrone was credited with initiatives that enhanced the Port Authority Police Department’s professionalism and commitment to customer service and public safety. Those initiatives include the establishment of a residential training program at the Port Authority Police Academy, more rigorous training standards for new recruits, the creation of an International School for Airport and Seaport Security, and implementation of one of the region’s first programs to train police officers in the use of portable heart defibrillators to aid victims of sudden cardiac arrest. During this five-year tenure, Director Morrone initiated bicycle patrols at the airports, a scuba team, a commercial vehicle inspection unit and an airborne services unit. He also reinstated the department’s motorcycle unit.

Prior to his appointment at the Port Authority, Director Morrone served with the New Jersey State Police from 1963 to 1993, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While with the State Police, Director Morrone commanded the Casino Gaming Section and the Intelligence Services Section.
Born on May 25, 1938, Director Morrone grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stockton State College in 1974, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Rider University in 1977.

Director Morrone was Vice President of the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police, and a member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also was a member of the New York and New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Special Olympics, and the Board of Academic Advisors for the New Jersey State Police Graduate Studies Program at Seton Hall University.

Director Morrone resided in Lakewood, N.J., with his wife, Linda. He also is survived by a daughter, Alyssa, and two sons, Gregory and Fred, also known as “Hutch.”

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