NJ officers, volunteers return from mission to Puerto Rico

Posted: Updated:
NEWARK -

Dozens of New Jersey State Troopers and local police officers who went to Puerto Rico to help with post-hurricane recovery were welcomed home Saturday night at Newark International Airport. 

Sixty officers were bused directly from the tarmac to Terminal B after serving as first responders for two weeks in Puerto Rico to assist the victims. 
They were greeted by their superiors with handshakes and recognition for their volunteer effort.

Colonel Patrick Callahan, of the New Jersey State Police said "I would be remiss if I didn't come here in person to thank you for your service on behalf of the state of New Jersey."

The officers worked to directing traffic, deliver food and water and check on the welfare of people on the island.

"They're not out of the woods yet. The power is being restored, but the infrastructure is damaged beyond belief," said Captain Sean Kilcomons. 

About 400 state troopers, local and county police officers, and various state and local agencies were deployed to hurricane-ravaged island since the NJ PRIDE mission started on Sept. 30.

This was the fourth and final wave, unless the governor-elect decides to continue the initiative.

New Jersey State Police took 19 of their own cruisers to use while on the island. They decided to leave them behind for Puerto Rico's police since many of their cruisers were destroyed by the hurricanes.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Workers wanted: Companies hiring for the holidays

    Workers wanted: Companies hiring for the holidays

    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.
    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season.

    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season. 

    Companies around the nation are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season. 

  • Hurricane Michael hits Florida

    Hurricane Michael hits Florida

    Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle Wednesday. It made landfall near Mexico Beach, a tourist town.

    Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle Wednesday. It made landfall near Mexico Beach, a tourist town.

  • 2018 American Music Awards

    2018 American Music Awards

    Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the Year award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the Year award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the Year award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the Year award onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 2018 American Music Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles.

    The 2018 American Music Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater on Oct. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."