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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - Press Release

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Press Release Number: 143-2003
WTC Hero Will Jimeno Will be Among the Officers Promoted

The Port Authority Police Department announced the promotions of six members of its police force, including Officer Will Jimeno, who was seriously injured during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The officers will receive their new ranks and responsibilities at a formal ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 7, at Port Authority Police Headquarters, 241 Erie Street, Jersey City.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Over the past two years, the Port Authority Police Department has increased its size to more than 1,600 officers, enhanced patrols and implemented state-of-the-art security technology. These promotions of highly-qualified officers to supervisory positions continue the process of implementing our solid strategy for keeping our facilities safe and secure.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “The newly promoted officers bring years of experience to the critical task of protecting our region’s transportation facilities. They will help lead one of the most highly trained police forces in the world – whose specialized instruction program includes terrorism training – to secure some of the nation’s most visible transportation facilities and provide safe passage for the millions of travelers who use them.”

Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Charles D. DeRienzo said, “These dedicated professionals have demonstrated that they have what it takes to help this department uphold the legacy of historic achievements and sacrifices made throughout its history. I am confident that they will make tremendous contributions to address the law enforcement challenges of the 21st century.”

Port Authority Police Officer Will Jimeno will be promoted to police detective. Last year, he was awarded the department’s Medal of Honor for his role in the rescue efforts during the attacks on the World Trade Center. Thirteen months after he became a police officer, he and four of his fellow officers entered the south tower. When the buildings collapsed, Officer Jimeno managed to escape after being trapped in the wreckage for many hours. Officer Jimeno is a resident of Clifton, N.J.

Sgt. Joseph Poland will be promoted to Lieutenant. He has been on the force for 10 years. His duties have included organizing and commanding the honor guards that took part in the funerals and memorial services for all 37 Port Authority police officers killed in the September 11 attacks. Sergeant Poland is assigned to Newark Liberty International Airport and is a resident of Washington Township, N.J.

Sgt. Lisha Harper will be promoted to Lieutenant. Sergeant Harper has been with the Port Authority Police for 10 years. She is a resident of Jamaica, Queens, and is presently assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport, where she oversees security procedures for visiting dignitaries moving through the airport.

Detective John Ferrigno will be promoted to Sergeant. He is an 11-year veteran of the force and works closely with the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force. Detective Ferrigno is a resident of Salisbury Mills, NY.

Officer William Preyer will be promoted to Sergeant. He began his Port Authority career in 1977 as a clerk in the office of the Executive Director. He joined the force in 1985. Officer Preyer is assigned to LaGuardia Airport and is a resident of Freeport, N.Y.

Officer Alan Lew will be promoted to Detective. He has been a member of the Port Authority Police Department for 15 years. For the past two years, Officer Lew has been a squad leader with the aircraft rescue firefighters that respond to emergencies at LaGuardia Airport. He is a resident of Lynbrook, N.Y.

The Port Authority Police Department officers patrol facilities operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Port Authority Police provide aircraft rescue and firefighting at the airports.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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