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Fred V. Morrone Scholarship Announced
First Award Presented to Daughter
Teaneck, NJ (April 26, 2002) — Fairleigh Dickinson University has awarded the first Fred V. Morrone Memorial Scholarship to Alyssa Morrone, daughter of the former Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety, who lost his life in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
"This scholarship will be a lasting tribute to a leader who devoted his life to public service," said FDU President J. Michael Adams. "His legacy has been passed on to countless officers in the academy, friends and colleagues who were fortunate enough to know him, and perhaps most of all to his children, one of whom has chosen to study at Fairleigh Dickinson University. We can think of no one more qualified, more suited to carry on the ideals of Fred Morrone, indeed more deserving of this first award, than his very own daughter, Alyssa."
The Fred V. Morrone Memorial Scholarship will be regularly presented to an FDU student with a background in law enforcement. Alyssa, a detective in the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, has enrolled in the Master of Administrative Science degree program. A resident of Fair Lawn, N.J., she earned her bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University.
Adams announced the establishment of the scholarship at today’s Port Authority Police Academy graduation held at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Center. The 83 recruits represent the first class to graduate since 37 Port Authority police officers and commanders lost their lives on September 11 – the largest loss of life by a police department on a single day in U.S. history. The attacks also meant operational personnel had to be relocated and training was halted.
On March 5, recruits began training at Fairleigh Dickinson when the University and the Port Authority began a three-year agreement to have the Teaneck-Hackensack Campus serve as the center for accelerated education and training for Port Authority police officers. The graduation of these recruits will provide relief to officers who have been working 12-hour shifts, six days a week.
Fred Morrone was named the Port Authority’s Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety in 1996. In that role, he was responsible for the overall management of the nation’s 26th largest police force with approximately 1,300 officers and commanders. Morrone was credited with leading numerous significant initiatives including the establishment of a residential training program at the Port Authority Police Academy, more rigorous training standards for new recruits, the creation of an International School for Airport and Seaport Security and implementation of one of the region’s first programs to train police officers in the use of portable heart defibrillators to aid victims of sudden cardiac arrest.
Prior to his appointment at the Port Authority, Morrone served with the New Jersey State Police from 1963 to 1993, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While there, he commanded the Casino Gaming Section and the Intelligence Services Section.
Morrone also served as Vice President of the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police, and a member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also was a member of the New York and New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Special Olympics.
Born in 1938, Morrone grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Stockton State College in 1974 and received a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Rider University in 1977.
A longtime resident of Lakewood, N.J., Morrone is survived by his wife, Linda, Alyssa, and two sons, Gregory and Fred.