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Big Apple Police Proud to Return Boston's 9/11 Favor

April 18, 2013

New York cops who haven't forgotten how Boston first responders reached out to them in their own time of need 12 years ago are here to give back.

"Seeing the Boston cops down at Ground Zero in uniform, that was big," said Troy Lopez, 36, of Long Island, a Port Authority cop who was serving with the New York Police Department at the time.

Members of the NYPD Patrolmen's and the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police benevolent associations arrived early yesterday and set up at Berkeley and Boylston streets to hand out bottled water, coffee, cookies and a place to chill in the company of people who know what working a terrorism scene is like.

"There's fatigue, but this is more emotional support," said Brett Porigow, a PBA trustee. "They are away from their support systems, their families."

It's something Porigow, 38, and his fellow brothers in the PBA know all too well from their own experience after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"This is our job," Porigow said. As a cop, he said, "You come second."

The Big Apple team -- with a food truck, a trailer and a patio serving area -- had seen more than 200 Boston cops by yesterday evening.

Port Authority PBA stress counselor Peter Killeen, a former cop and Franciscan friar, said, "During the traumatic event, the first responders are more engaged to responding to the event. Afterwards, you want to talk to them to make sure they are OK. This is part of our normal existence as law enforcement."

Source: (c)2013 the Boston Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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