Dozens Of NJ State Troops In Puerto Rico For Earthquake Recovery

Steve Burns
January 26, 2020 - 8:08 pm
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NEWARK (WCBS 880) -- Thirty-seven New Jersey State Police troopers are in Puerto Rico to help out following the series of earthquakes there.

State Trooper Jeffrey Lebron said Saturday that he got the call a week ago from his lieutenant.

“Asked if I was interested in getting deployed to Puerto Rico. I said absolutely. That's where I'm from,” Lebron said.

He said he visits all the time, but there’s some extra meaning to go there for work.

“It’s an absolute honor. It just means everything to me,” he said.

Just before getting on the plane, Lebron and 36 other state troopers got well wishes from Gov. Phil Murphy.

“God bless you all,” Murphy told them. “Please be safe. We know you’ll do New Jersey proud.”

The governor said Puerto Rico is part of New Jersey’s heart and soul.

“This is family to us,” he said.

The deployment is set to last two weeks, according to Col. Patrick Callahan.

“They will be doing not only security for those 2,000 or so residents in that tent city. They will also be, like last time, directing traffic,” Callahan said.

Troopers were also sent to the island after Hurricane Maria, and Callahan said they promised to come back if it ever need them again.

“It’s an honor for us to go back,” he said.