Here’s where you’ll find TJ photos and stories that don’t fit into any other categories. It is, as its name says, just for fans â€” and, hopefully, for fun.Friday, February 6th, 2009
Because in today’s difficult world a reminder of people who did the right thing in the face of unspeakable difficulty is in order, I’m happy to introduce you to Kenny White, a Port Authority Police Officer in New York City, who sent along his story and photo the other day to be posted. If you don’t know, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns and operate the bridges and tunnels there and, also, owned the World Trade Center. Here is Kenny’s very lovely story. I must add that, having worked for FEMA at the WTC after the first bombing in 1993, and being a New Yorker, getting stories like this and being asked to let others know about them is one of the nicest rewards of operating this site. He writes:
I have been a Port Authority Police Officer since 1983 and am a huge fan of Tom Jones. I see him on an average of six times a year.
The Port Authority owned the World Trade Center and we lost 37 cops that day so, to say the least 9/11 is a very sad day for our department.
Back in March of 2002 I was assigned to JFK Airport and we worked 7pm till 7am for 22 months straight with very few days off during that time period. On this particular day I was called back to the police desk at JFK and one of my friends told me to get into the patrol car. We drove over to Terminal 1 and went into the Virgin Air first class lounge.
My two buddies took me up to a private part of the lounge and told me to open the door. When I did to my surprise there sat Tom and his son. Tom immediately stood up and greeted us like he knew us for years. He could not have been nicer.
We spoke for quite a while and took pictures and that’s when I gave him the World Trade Center 9/11 Police Memorial Pin honoring all the Police Officers lost on that day.
Tom appeared to be truly moved by the gesture and repeatedly thanked me. I have had the honor of meeting quite a few VIPs during my career, and I can honestly say Tom was a true gentleman and it is a pleasure to have met him.
– Sergeant Kenny White