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Port Authority Police Emergency Unit Celebrates Graduation Atop GWB

Port Authority's ESU crew entertains visitors. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Port Authority PD
New PAPD ESU members: Javier Cerna, Jonathan Roche, Paul Williams, Kevin Leonard, Eric Block, Hans Gomero, Christopher Taffera, Bryan Seeley, Greg Gilleece, Nicolas Cascarano, Troy Lopez, Michael Stoia, Brian Belfiore Photo Credit: COURTESY: Port Authority PD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A group of Port Authority police officers brought their colleagues from other departments up the cables of the George Washington Bridge during training for dealing with emergencies at the Hudson River span.

The joint training "bridge walk" hosted by the Port Authority Police’s Emergency Service Unit included members of the New York City Police Department ESU, Jersey City Police ESU and New York City Department of Corrections, the authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

The authority's elite unit held the session, in part, "to celebrate members from each of the police departments who recently graduated from NYPD’s eight-month ESU training." Pentangelo said. "This includes several PAPD officers, who are now officially members of the department’s ESU.

"During the walk, PAPD ESU familiarized everyone with how to access certain areas of the GWB infrastructure in the case of an emergency scenario, including preventing potential suicide attempts," he said.

The excursion also involved a climb up the cables to the GWB’s New Jersey tower, where the group took in the sights -- and posed for a group photo.

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