Correction: The initial version of this story said Lt. Jones's death was 9/11-related. His death was line-of-duty as the result of an unrelated incident.
New York, NY – Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department Lieutenant Robert Jones died on June 15, after suffering complications during a surgery intended to help treat an illness that developed following a line-of-duty injury.
The exact nature of the 55-year-old lieutenant’s illness was not disclosed, according to The Chief Leader.
His coworker, Port Authority Officer William Leahy, died of 9/11-related cancer earlier in the month.
“I will tell you in the week we lost these two, we had heard from the brothers and sisters of the Port Authority Police Department across the board there was great love, admiration and respect for both,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said during a ceremony honoring both officers and their families.
Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton spoke of their “collegiality, their engagement, and dedication,” The Chief Leader reported.
“They will be missed profoundly,” Cotton said.
Lt. Jones, a 21-year veteran-of-the-force, served as the department’s JFK International Airport’s tour commander, according to the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association (PAPBA).
“He was beloved by the police officers he supervised; a true gentleman who will never be replaced,” the PAPBA said in a memorial tribute. “The JFK Command is devastated…Rest in Peace, Our Brother. Thank you for sharing your life with us.”
The Chief Leader reported that Lt. Jones leaves behind his wife and a daughter.
He was laid to rest on June 22, according to the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department Lieutenant Robert Jones, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.