Former MLB pitcher-turned-Port Authority cop Anthony Varvaro killed on way to 9/11 service
A former Main League Baseball pitcher who left the mound to change into a Port Authority cop was killed in a wrong-way crash Sunday — whereas headed to work at Manhattan’s 9/11 service, cops and sources stated.
Tragic Officer Anthony Varvaro, 37 — a Staten Island native who pitched primarily for the Atlanta Braves throughout his six-year MLB profession — joined the Port Authority Police Division in 2016, beginning out at the World Trade Center Command, based on American Police Beat journal.
The married father of 4 ultimately grew to become an teacher on the division’s police academy, the magazine stated in February — and a Port Authority supply advised The Publish on Sunday that Varvaro was headed to work on the commemoration of the twenty first anniversary of the 9/11 terror assaults on the World Commerce Heart when he was killed.
“He was an actual sweetheart,” stated a Staten Island baseball coach whose workforce had performed in opposition to youngsters coached by Varvaro.
“He didn’t have an perspective. You’d by no means know that he pitched within the Main Leagues,” the coach stated of the cop.
The supply stated the cop helped youngsters study the sport in his off time.
“He cherished teaching and instructing the youngsters,” the person stated.
In a press release Sunday, Frank Conti, president of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Affiliation, stated the union was “shocked and saddened” by the veteran cop’s tragic loss of life.
“Anthony’s life was taken from us as he ready to honor the lives of the 37 Port Authority cops who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Commerce Heart,” Conti stated. “Police Officer Anthony Varvaro will at all times be honored and by no means forgotten.”
He referred to as Varvaro “a baby of Staten Island, the place he grew up among the many households of fallen 9/11 cops and firefighters.”
Varvaro graduated from St. John’s College with a level in felony justice and was assigned to the Port Authority’s World Commerce Heart Command, “patrolling the sacred grounds of the World Commerce Heart,” the union rep stated.
Conti recalled Varvaro as soon as saying he was “honored” to work with the unit.
“It actually hit dwelling — I knew many who died right here,” Varvaro stated of his time on the Floor Zero command heart, based on Conti.
Authorities stated Varvaro was killed in a head-on crash close to Exit 14-C in a Jersey Metropolis stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike.
The automobile operator who struck him was driving the wrong way on the time, authorities advised the Day by day Voice of New Jersey.
“The complete Port Authority household is heartbroken to study of the tragic passing of Officer Anthony Varvaro,” stated PA Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Govt Director Rick Cotton in a joint assertion Sunday.
“Officer Varvaro represented the perfect of this company, and might be remembered for his braveness and dedication to service,” they stated. “On behalf of the company, we ship our deepest condolences to Officer Varvaro’s spouse, Kerry, his 4 youngsters and his household and associates.”
Along with pitching for the Braves, Varvaro hurled quick balls for the Seattle Mariners and Boston Pink Sox, too — all between 2010 and 2015 earlier than transferring on to hitch the police drive.
“We’re deeply saddened on the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro,” the Braves said in a Twitter post Sunday. “Anthony, 37, performed elements of six seasons within the majors, together with 4 with Atlanta.
“He voluntarily retired from MLB in 2016 to change into a Port Authority police officer.”
Further reporting by David Meyer