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Edited by Alfredo Alvarado

From left: Adena Long, deputy commissioner for Urban Park Service, with PEP Officers Annette Probst and Nancy Mercado, Local 983 President Joe Puleo and PEP Officer Sam Hendricks. They saved thousands during 9/11.

Urban Park Rangers honored

Sixteen years after aiding thousands to safety across the Hudson River during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, three heroic Urban Park Rangers and the Local 983 president received presidential citations at a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on Dec. 19.

Local 983 President Joe Puleo and PEP Officers Nancy Mercado, Sam Hendricks and Annette Probst worked at Battery Park City and were pivotal in directing thousands to safety on 9/11 in the greatest civilian evacuation in U.S. history. Sept. 11 survivor and Battery Park City resident Joseph Gibney said, “Hundreds of thousands of lives were saved because people did their jobs.”