Tuesday, November 11, 2003

For PAPD Officers John Skala and Al Niedermeyer

As the Municipal Prosecutor of Weehawken, NJ, I have the honor and privilege of working with all the dedicated men and women of the Port Authority Police Department at the Lincoln Tunnel.   And, I was fortunate enough to be able to call PO John Skala and PO Al Niedermeyer my friends.  

I purchased the bracelets for two reasons:  First and foremost, to honor the memory of John and Al.  I will never forget them. Secondly, because although everyone always mentions the losses suffered by the FDNY and the NYPD,  sadly, not too many people remember the 37 Port Authority Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.   

In proportion to the over all number of police officers in the PAPD, the rate of their losses was higher than any of the other rescue workers.  They, together with the lost members of the FDNY and NYPD, must never be forgotten. - Maria D.