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Inspired by a hero

May 11, 2016


Inspired by his father Tom Gorman, a Port Authority officer who died on 9/11, PAPD Officer Patrick Gorman and PAPD Officer Jessica Toritto traveled to Ireland for the centennial of the 1916 Rising. They were joined by members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and were met by retired Shannon Airport Police Officer John Egan, a longtime friend of Officer Gorman’s father, and Inspector Patrick O’Neil.

The visitors were shown the airport fire station to see the memorial for the 37 PAPD officers lost on 9/11, as well as a standalone memorial for Officer Gorman’s father.
The PAPD officers also were presented with a Shannon Airport Police Fire Rescue Service banner to bring back to the Gorman family.

Officer Gorman’s father had been president of the Port Authority’s Ancient Order of Hibernian’s St. Michael Division 8 Hudson County, and during his visit had marched in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade with his friends in the Shannon Airport Police.
Pictured (l-r) Inspector Patrick O’Neil and Officers Toritto, Gorman, and Egan proudly hold the Shannon Airport Police Fire Rescue Service banner – a gift to the Gorman family.

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