Tony Zeoli



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”

Police Officers
Joe Audino
Larry Ayers
Ken Cordo
Bill Haubert
Tyrone McCall
Pat McLoughlin
Jim O’Hanlon
Rich Radoian
Dom Ricigliano
John Soltes
Tony Zeoli

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”




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