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Hero Down: Port Authority Police Officer Anthony Varvaro Killed In Crash On Way To 9/11 Memorial

Jersey City, NJ – Port Authority Police Officer Anthony Varvaro, a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, was killed in a car crash on his way to 9/11 event at the World Trade Center memorial on Sunday morning.

Sources said the 37-year-old father of four was killed in a head-on collision on the New Jersey Turnpike caused by a wrong-way driver near Exit 14C, not far from the Holland Tunnel, the Daily Voice reported.

A native of Staten Island, Officer Varvaro made headlines in 2016 when he gave up a successful pitching career to join the Port Authority Police Department.

He first pitched for the Seattle Mariners in 2010 and earned the nickname “Little Pedro Martinez,” a nod to another legendary MLB starting pitcher, the Daily Voice reported.

Officer Varvaro pitched for the Atlanta Braves for four seasons before finishing up his career with the Boston Red Sox.

Always involved in his community, the pitcher retired from professional baseball in 2016 and entered law enforcement the same year, the Daily Voice reported.

“Officer Varvaro represented the very best of this agency, and will be remembered for his courage and commitment to service,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a joint statement.

“On this solemn occasion as the Port Authority mourns the loss of 84 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center — including 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department — our grief only deepens today with the passing of Officer Varvaro,” the statement read.

Officer Varvaro was very involved in his community and became president of the Snug Harbor Little League last spring, the Daily Voice reported.

“Words cannot describe the tragedy that is losing [him],” the baseball league posted to social media. “A man that embodied all that is good in youth sports, he will be forever missed.

“Not only was Anthony the President, he was a tremendous person. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers,” the statement read.

Officer Varvaro was inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2021.

He is survived by his wife, Kerry, and their four children, the Daily Voice reported.

“It’s a tragedy,” John Eberlein, a family friend who coached Officer Varvaro told SILive. “He was a better person than baseball player, and he was a great baseball player.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Port Authority Police Officer Anthony Varvaro, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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