NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It was a first for the new Port Authority Police Department graduating class.
They held a wreath-laying ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial Thursday following their badge ceremony at Foundation Hall.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Video Shows Couple Questioned About Physical Altercation In Utah, Fiancé Told Police Road Trip Created 'Emotional Strain'
They are the first class to receive their badges at the site where 37 Port Authority officers died on 9/11.
Five of the new graduates say they are honored to join the force and follow in their families’ footsteps.READ MORE: Feast Of San Gennaro Returns In Little Italy As Vendors Take COVID Precautions
“This is truly a special day for me. I’m truly honored to be here with the Port Authority, and to wear the same shield as my father and my grandfather,” said third generation Port Authority Police Department officer Brian Donovan.
“I just have a lot to look forward to. I know he has some big shoes to fill over there, so I’m just waiting for my turn,” said PAPD officer Imani Brown, whose father Michael is a PAPD’s deputy chief.
One hundred twenty four officers graduated as part of the 117th class.MORE NEWS: Search For Suspects After Man Shot, Another Robbed While Dining Outside Philippe Restaurant On Upper East Side