Stevens Institute of Technology, the Stevens Police Force, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the mayors of Hoboken and Weehawken, and other county and municipal officials met in a morning ceremony on the Stevens campus, January 26, 2010, to honor the public service of Dr. Michael S. Bruno, who serves as Stevens’ Dean of The Schaefer School of Engineering & Science.
Mayor Zimmer, Captain Romano, Dr. Bruno & Chief Griffin
Among those in attendance to honor Dr. Bruno’s technical assistance during the two aircraft emergencies that occurred near Stevens and in the Hudson River in January and August of 2009 were Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken, Hoboken Chief of Police Anthony Falco, Hoboken Police Captain and Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hudson County Sheriff Juan Perez, Hoboken Fire Department Chief Richard Blohm, Hoboken Police Captain James Fitzsimmons (who also served as OEM coordinator and incident commander during the August 2009 mid-air collision), Chief of the Stevens Police Department Timothy Griffin, Deputy Chief of the Stevens Police James Collins, and Hoboken Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Green.
“Today, Stevens Institute of Technology and its Police Department wish to recognize Dr. Bruno for his outstanding commitment to assisting first responders and rescue personnel in times of emergency with our 2009 Outstanding Citizens Award and the President’s Citation,” said Stevens’ Vice President Maureen P. Weatherall in her opening remarks to the assembled audience.
“Dr. Bruno was very involved in the operational efforts of the mid-air crash over the Hudson that occurred last August 8,” said Stevens Police Chief Griffin. “Unbeknownst to many, he was also involved in the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ when US Airways Flight 1549 successfully ditched in the Hudson River…Throughout the incident of the mid-air collision, Dr. Bruno provided constant and updated data that he acquired from his ongoing maritime research here at Stevens. This information proved to be crucial in the recovery efforts…Dr. Bruno also gave constant updates to the media and the press throughout that week, and throughout the length of incident.”
VP Weatherall also presented a President’s Citation to Mayor Zimmer for the important role she played in the emergency rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the August 8 mid-air collision.
Chief Griffin, VP Weatherall, & Mayor Zimmer
“I want to take this time to say ‘thank you’ to all of our first responders and Stevens Institute for all of the important work that was done on that fateful day,” said Mayor Zimmer, accepting the award. “What happened on that day and [Dr. Bruno’s] stepping up to the plate is really an example of what is so wonderful about Hoboken. You stepped forward and said ‘I have this expertise, I can help with advising’…We can’t thank you enough, we can’t thank Stevens enough.”
Captain Anthony Romano presented a special Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Bruno for his service during the August incident, on behalf of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
“The main message I want to give,” said Dr. Bruno, concluding the ceremony, “is that the folks who really did the important work are seated in the back rows here today. These are the folks who built out the system we’ve been working on for about ten years – the real-time system in the Harbor – that’s how we built up the understanding and the expertise. So I tip my hat to all those who are here today sitting in the back.”