Norma Hardy

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

First Black Woman To Be Promoted To Inspector Retiring From Port Authority Police

July 30, 2018 - 1:31 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department’s first African-American woman to be promoted to inspector is calling it a career Monday.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Chief Norma Hardy joined the Port Authority in 1992. Four months later, terrorists bombed the parking garage at the World Trade Center.

“And we had to walk through the concourse of the World Trade Center, which was totally pitch black and smoky, and also with your eyes watering. We’re coughing. I happened to hear people calling for help,” Hardy said.

Hardy received a Medal of Valor for saving 40 people that day, and quickly rose through the ranks.

The Brooklyn native became the first black woman to be named inspector in 2011, and the department’s first woman assistant chief in 2013.

Her final job was overseeing officers at the Hudson River crossings.

“It’s been quite an interesting, to say the least, career, and I’m very proud of it,” Hardy said.

Before joining the department, Hardy served in the Army National Guard and was an emergency medical technician for six years.