The first Fred Morrone Memorial Award will be presented June 7 to Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, by the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police (United States chapter).
The award, to be bestowed annually, honors the service and sacrifice of men and women who defend US airports and seaports. Morrone was superintendent of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police Department when the United States was attacked by terrorists September 11, 2001. He was among 37 port police officers who died during rescue attempts in the World Trade Towers collapse. In addition to being the highest ranking police officer to die in the attacks, Morrone was serving as IAASP executive vice-president.
"I can think of no better recipient of the first Morrone Award than Mayor Giuliani, who stood in the smoke and rubble of the attacks working side by side with our police officers," said Airport and Seaport Police Director Jay Grant. "He was a friend and colleague of Fred Morrone and we are pleased to honor him with this award."
The Morrone tribute goes to those who have displayed outstanding leadership and contributions in strengthening the security of the nation's airport, seaport, cargo, and transportation industries.
The award presentation will be part of a week-long International Port Security Conference that will include discussions on the threats and challenges facing US and international ports, cargo shipments, and intermodal transportation. The meeting will be at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC.