The Story of Recovery Team Romeo:
The following is taken from the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial Fund2010 Calendar, “A Tribute to the Heroes of 9/11”
The month of September, 2010 has been
dedicated as a “Tribute to Team Romeo.”
Twenty-two hours after the World Trade
Center towers fell on 9-11-2001, the last survivor was pulled from the
smoldering rubble. Grueling recovery and clean-up efforts at Ground Zero
went on for more than eight long months.
An extraordinary group of 11 retired Port Authority Police Officers -
known ever since as Team Romeo - were there from the start (Romeo is the
phonetic alphabet for ‘R’ , in their case, retired).
No one asked them to come. They came to
search for their fallen comrades. No one demanded that they stay. After
all, the members of Team Romeo had already valiantly served their
communities, but they stayed. There was work to be done.
Team Romeo served at the WTC site for the
261 days until it was officially closed. For many years during the
holidays, these dedicated men also voluntarily staffed the on-site
Family Victim Center.
“We Salute Team Romeo”
Team Romeo was also awarded the New Jersey Governor’s Volunteer Award
for Public Safety in 2003. They were also honored by the University of
Medicine & Dentistry Cop2Cop Program by the University’s Behavioral
Health Department, by dedicating the 5th Race at the Meadowlands
Racetrack to them. “COP2COP / TEAM ROMEO”