“I [have] always loved helping people,” said Robert Cirri about his job as a police officer in West New York. He has been serving for a total of five years. His father, Robert L. Cirri, was a Port Authority police officer who had started serving at age 16 – until he passed away on Sept. 11, 2001.
There are many reasons police officers decide to enlist. In Robert Cirri’s case it was the death of his father on 9/11. He recalls what happened 10 years ago when he was a senior at Saint Joseph High School (now closed).
“It was a family type school,” he said about the Catholic school that had approximately 300 students. “The principal and the teachers were hesitant to tell us.”