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    ​The New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association www.asiancops.org 1997-2022

Sunday is September 11,2022.  A short 21 years ago this country. the United State of America suffered the worst terrorist attack on its soil ever. In one day, thousands of innocents and hundreds of rescue personnel died that day. Yet ask a youngster what happened on September 11,2001 and one may receive a shrug. a "I don't know" Sad indeed. Will ignorance bite these youngsters later in life as history may repeat itself?
Maybe the grownups, especially the politicians who cry out hate against other Americans should instead focus on those of other lands that truly want us hurt or dead. 

To all those that have suffered a loss because of the events of 9-11-01, your voice needs to be heard to those that have little or no knowledge of that day.  Let us never have another 9-11-01. All schools should speak of what happened on 9-11-01.
Below a message from the top bosses of the PA in regards to honoring those lost at both WTC terrorist attacks.  To all those that have past on that day and during the subsequent days and years as a result of the 9-11-01 aftermath. May you all Rest in Peace. 
NEVER FORGET
Robert May,  Detective (ret.) Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Department
President Emeritus/ founder the NJAALEOA


The Port Authority of New York and Jersey

CORPORATE

New Jersey Globe

The O’Toole Chronicles: On 9/11 Anniversary, the power of a rose

Kevin O'Toole – 12:01am

 

The events of September 11, 2001, reverberated across the globe. The horrific images of the destruction  of the Twin Towers are seared in our collective memories. In the following days, months, and years, all  of us found our private way to healing. 

All around us, in communities in New Jersey and New York, the losses were personal. Fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, and friends perished – so many lives were forever changed by what  happened on that Tuesday morning. 

9/11 was deeply personal for us, the people of the Port Authority, as well. Many employees fled for their  lives, just as some had after the bombing at the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993. Memories of  that day in 1993 made 9/11 even more harrowing for them. 

It was not an easy task to mourn the loss of 84 individuals who worked for the Port Authority, including  the 37 members of the Port Authority Police Force who died on 9/11, the single greatest loss of life for a  single policing event in U.S. history. 

But the people of the Port Authority – an extraordinary collection of individuals who become one in the  face of adversity – pushed through grief and pain and began the process of rebuilding the World Trade  Center campus, a process that has offered healing to the region. 

In the following 21 years, a poignant memorial and museum to the nearly 3,000 people who died on  9/11 and those who perished in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was created. The names of the  dead are engraved in bronze around twin waterfall voids that outline the footprints of the North and  South Towers. 

Each 9/11, ceremonies are held on the World Trade Center campus to honor the dead and the sacrifices  made. The reading of each name remains as powerful today, as it was more than two decades ago.  There is healing in such large gatherings broadcast across the globe. But there was also a need to do  something intimate and more personal for the people of the Port Authority – current employees,  retirees, and the families of Port Authority employees who died on 9/11 and 1993. 

Last year, the Agency began what I and my valued partner at the Port Authority, Executive Director Rick  Cotton, hope will be a long tradition: A rose ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial. Many of us gathered near  the footprint of the South Tower where each attendee was given a rose with a name attached of a Port  Authority employee who died on 9/11 or in the 1993 bombing and the specific location where that 

name is inscribed along the pools, and then they placed their rose on that person’s name. 

This year, on September 7, we conducted a similar ceremony. Unlike 9/11’s brilliant blue sky, it was an  overcast morning, befitting a somber tribute – a few words were spoken by Rick and myself, a prayer  was offered by a rabbi, followed by the plaintive sound of bagpipe. The simplest of actions resonate the  loudest. 

Many of us have experienced the rush of emotions of placing a rose at a gravesite, a gesture that offers  comfort, while also leaving behind a physical sign that someone acknowledged that departed person. 

Roses are prized for their beauty. Poets comment on their fragrant smell and vibrant colors, while noting  the thorns on the stems, a reminder that pain and beauty often are linked. 

I know for myself and for Rick, as we laid our roses, in that moment that person became real. No longer  a name in bronze, but rather a colleague neither of us had never had the good fortune to know. The  feeling stayed as I paid my respects in the small garden behind the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church  and National Shrine that is dedicated to the first responders and recovery workers of the Port Authority  who died or are ill due to their heroic efforts.  

Healing takes time. For some, the pain remains. For all of us who remember that day, our memories still  are vivid. But that will change with time. 

We need to put action to words to make memories live, not just for us, but for the new people who join the Port Authority, some so young they have no living memory of 9/11. They will see in the faces of  senior co-workers who lay a rose, the faces of those lost. 

In short, we are remembered by how we remember those who came before us. As members of the Port  Authority, we chose the beauty of a rose. 

That is how we remember. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

The New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Foundation on August 10th presented the 2022 scholarship award to Ms. Rylie Masi, the daughter of long time NJAALEOA member Captain Dominick Masi.  


This is the fourth 1000.00 scholarship awarded by the foundation.  The foundation during the height of COVID offered NJAALEOA members in good standing a 50.00 Shoprite or Walmart gift card if they felt they were "in need." No further inquiry was made by the foundation. In a quiet manner several Shoprite and Walmart gift cards were mailed to said individuals' with only the foundation board of directors aware of who  received said cards.


Photo lt to rt:  VP board member Nelson Chen, Captain D. Masi, 2022 scholarship recipient Rylie Masi & board President Robert S. May



Congrats to two long time members of the association.

Congrats to Piscataway PD Detective T.J. Patel and his wife as they added a baby girl to the Patel family. All are doing well and we wish them the very best.

Congrats to Port Authority PD Sargeant Noble Varghese as he was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant. 
 Photo: Port Authority Police Lieutenant Noble Varghese. 
Congrats again to T.J. and Noble!

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The NJAALEOA wishes Jennifer Davenport the very best with her future endeavors. Jennifer served as 1st Deputy Attorney General within the Office of the NJ Attorney General. Jen is a down to earth person, extremely knowledgeable with the law,  and the government process. Jennifer spoke in terms anyone could understand even with dealing with complex issues.  The best of luck to you Jen Davenport.

Photo: NJ 1st Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Davenport seated center among Chiefs of Police and other high ranking law enforcement personnel during a NJAALEOA Meet the Chiefs program.

 

      

 

Next Friday (July 22, 2022)please tune in to the 101.5 Bill Spadea morning radio . Barring any unforeseen events, at around 830-845 AM long time member NJT Officer Brian Lee will be honored during the BLUE segment of the show. Detective Lee recently did some great investigative work to take a really bad guy off the streets of New Jersey. Brian also assisted other departments investigating cases involving this violent criminal. The association as noted many times  always wants to hear about the excellent things you do so we can promote excellent police work and also great work performed by our civilian members. Drop me an email [email protected]

 

 


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 It is with great sadness to state very long-time member and supporter of the NJAALEOA has passed away. I have known this community leader, down to earth person for several decades. I asked Virginia if she could participate in an initiative with the Office of the NJ Attorney General initiative. The initiative is a project when completed will be shown to all law enforcement personnel in the state of New Jersey. The project is in regards to the history of Asian Americans in the US and the history of Asians within law enforcement. Virginia never said no to me before and she didn't say no this time. Infact Virginia in fast fashion became a very important of the project with her vital contributions. I received an email from Virginia a few days ago simply stating if she paid her dues, she wasn't sure. That's Virginia, my friend , my mentor, my advisor, my Coz as I called her so often.  A donation to the Virginia L. Ng scholarship fund can be made  as noted below. The below message is from the Organization of Chinese Americans, an organization Virgina has led at the local and national levels for many years. Coz, I am going to miss you RIP Bobby

Dear Members & Friends of OCA-NJ, 

 

OCA-NJ Mourns the Loss of Virginia Lou Ng 

It is with deep sorrow and regret that we must announce the sad news that OCA-NJ Chapter Advisor, Virginia Lou Ng, passed peacefully this morning. Our grief is buoyed by the legacy she left behind. Virginia was a longtime leader and supporter of OCA-NJ and the entire OCA national organization. She touched many lives through her friendship, her leadership, and her advocacy. She has mentored and inspired so many, and we feel blessed to have been part of her journey. Rest in Peace Virginia, you will be missed. 

Please click on the link www.VirginiaNgScholarship.org to visit the Ng family’s memorial page 

OCA-New Jersey Chapter Board of Directors

 

A message from John N. Ng:
"With the heaviest heart I announced the passing of my beloved wife Virginia of 48 years peacefully in the arms and love of her family and friends.  

After a hard fought battle she finally succumbed to the aggressive Thyroid cancer. We are glad that the agony is over and she is resting comfortably in the hands of Our Lord. 

A Celebration of Life in her honor will be held on July 9th, at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge NJ. 

Please RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

Virginia Lou Ng pdf, Please click here


 









MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
The association is privileged to have many super members. One of our extraordinary members is Edison Police Officer Shirley Dong 
Her bio is truly remarkable and an inspiration to every girl/woman considering a career in law enforcement.  

 Police Officer S. Dong
"I’m a 26-year-old Chinese American female. I was born in Manhattan New York— the youngest of three to two Chinese immigrants. I grew up working in my parent’s Chinese restaurant in Edison, New Jersey. In September of 2012 my dad became a victim of a robbery while delivering Chinese food. The detective who helped my family out was Patrolwoman Lisa Cimmino. Patrolwoman Cimmino was professional and went above and beyond for my family. She even took the time to explain to me why she became a police officer. I saw myself in her and knew I wanted to pursue a career where I get to help and meet new people every day. I graduated high school later that year and enrolled into Middlesex County College. While at Middlesex County College, I became an Edison Police Auxiliary Officer and worked as a Public Safety Telecommunicator overnight, first at Drew University Department of Public Safety in Madison, South Brunswick Police Department and then Edison Police Department. In July of 2016 I got accepted into the Camden County College Police Academy as an alternate route candidate. I graduated in December and was fortunate enough to get hired back as a police officer in Edison, New Jersey— the town that allowed my parents achieve their “American Dream”. I was assigned to the patrol bureau for 4.5 years and was recently transferred to the department’s new Community Oriented Policing Unit. I hope to continue to give back to my community and inspire other females that you can be a 5’2 and an Asian female and excel at performing the duties of a police officer.
   
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