On Wednesday morning, August 7, Robert Taiani, a member of the William Floyd Board of Education who serves as an officer in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department’s (PAPD) elite Emergency Services Unit, helped save a distraught woman from jumping off the lower level of the George Washington Bridge.
After the emergency call was received, PAPD Officer Terrance McPike, the first to arrive on scene, found a woman standing on a small two-foot by one-foot metal outcropping jutting out from the lower level of the Hudson River span. Officer McPike talked with the woman in an effort to give his colleagues with the Emergency Services Unit, Officers Robert Taiani and Michael Stoia, time to arrive.
After arriving on scene, Officer Stoia climbed over the railing to continue talking with the woman while Officer Taiani set up the rigging for the ropes and the harness, which was used to secure the woman and bring her to safety. This is not the first time that Officer Taiani has been involved with saving a life – just this past June he helped revive a person with CPR. An 18-year PAPD veteran with 13 years as a member of the Emergency Services Unit, Officer Taiani humbly said that it feels good to help save someone’s life.
Mr. Taiani, a lifelong resident of the William Floyd community and 1991 alumnus of William Floyd High School, has served as a member of the William Floyd Board of Education since 2008. He resides in Moriches, NY, with his wife, Lisa, and four sons, Robert, Matthew, Nicholas and Mason.
About the PAPD Emergency Service Unit
Officers with the PAPD Emergency Service Unit are assigned to various facilities throughout the Port District to address law enforcement, security, safety and emergency conditions that may arise in the Port District and in partner jurisdictions throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area. PAPD ESU police officers receive specialized training in, but not limited to, tactical response, active shooter, high angle rescue, motor vehicle collision extrication, hazardous materials and confined space rescue. ESU police officers are also proficient in tubular tactical operations involving trains and aircraft. The unit is a member of the Metro Urban Search and Rescue Strike Team with nine other member departments.
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