EDISON, NJ - Two Port Authority police officers, who were surprised to learn U.S. military personnel are unarmed while working in uniform among the public, provided security at the Armed Forces Career Center Recruiting Sub Station Middlesex on Route 1 in Edison, last week.
From Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24, the two police officers who work together, felt it necessary to provide security and comfort to the recruiting station personnel in the aftermath of the July,16th shootings at two Chattanooga, TN military installations.
"We are proud our members took it upon themselves to do what they could to protect those who fight for our freedom,” Paul Nunziato, president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association Port Authority said. “Police officers have a strong connection with the U.S. Military and the Global War on Terror.
In addition to providing security for four hours each day, the two officers also supplied the recruiting staff with bagels and coffee as a small show of appreciation for our military.
It was Port Authority police officers who fought the first battle of this war on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center. On that horrible day 37 Port Authority police officers gave their lives so others could live," Nunziato added.
Besides the bagels, the officers presented the Marine Corps recruiting officer a World Trade Center flag that was flown over One World Trade Center on July 23, 2015.
Neither officer is a military veteran but felt as long as there was a perceived threat they would do what they could, on their own time, to protect the recruiting staff. They ended their mission after a four-hour security posting Friday morning, July 24, 2015.
"It was a honor to have the Port Authority officers stand outside our office watching out for our safety while we did our jobs," Sergeant Joseph Seibel, USMC Recruiter said.
The recruiting station also took additional force protection measures closing all blinds to eliminate visibility from the outside and locking the front door. All visitors have to knock to gain entrance.
Editor’s Note: The names of the Port Authority Officers were withheld at the request of the PAPBA for security reasons.