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In Memory

Joe Navas - Class of 1975


Police Officer Joseph Michael Navas

Age 44, Tour 20 years, Badge 1220
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Officer Joseph Navas was killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while attempting to rescue the victims trapped in the World Trade Center. He was a member of the ESU team and was assisting with evacuating tower one when it collapsed.

Officer Navas is survived by his wife and three children. Paramus High School graduate, Class of 1975.

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Police Officer Joseph Michael Navas, Paramus High School Class of 1975

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09/09/11 05:27 PM #1    

Lori DeMarco (Reaster) (1976)

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Joseph Navas

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

09/09/11 05:35 PM #2    

Lori DeMarco (Reaster) (1976)

Police Officer Joseph Navas
Assignment on September 11, 2001:
Emergency Service Unit, PA Trans Hudson Railway HQ, Jersey City, NJ

Joseph NavasFrom Police Heroes, a book by author Chuck Whitlock:

Joseph Navas, forty-four, enjoyed his high-risk, four-days on, two-days off job with the Port Authority. A twenty-year veteran officer, he had been with the Port Authority’s ESU for seven years. He trained for specialized jobs in rescue diving, confined space rappelling, and chemical and biological counterterrorism. He worked out of the Journal Square PATH Station in New Jersey.

Port Authority Officer Eric Bulger said he watched Navas lead other ESU officers into the North Tower: “It was like the Marines coming to the rescue,” he told Newsday. Navas’s last transmission was from the basement.

Karen, his wife of fifteen years, said he was a true family man. He enjoyed playing with his three children, Jessica, Joseph and Justin. He coached Joseph’s Little League team as well as an ice hockey team. When he was off during the week, he drove the kids to school and sometimes had lunch with them.

Navas, the son of a retired maintenance supervisor for the Port Authority, seldom talked about his job. It was through the newspaper that his family learned about his involvement in a May 1999 incident in which he was part of an operation to prevent a man from jumping off a George Washington Bridge support tower. Navas dangled out of a door and was able to grab the man after he leaped onto another rescuer standing on a ledge below. At the time, Navas said, “You want to save people, but you also want to get home to your family.”

Portraits of Grief, The New York Times

Making the Hours Count

Given that the days Joseph Navas worked fluctuated-his schedule was four days on, two days off-and given that his overriding interest was doing things with his wife and three children, he had to improvise. That was O.K. He knew how to make hours count.

If he was off on weekend days, it was easy. He might play ball with Joey or help coach his Little League team or his ice hockey team. He would take Jessica shopping or watch her perform with her cheerleader squad. He might ride bikes with Justin. When he was off on weekdays, school preoccupied the children, but he would make the most of the hours he had with them. He would drive them to school, or pick them up for lunch, or even bring them lunch.

Mr. Navas, 44, was a Port Authority police officer, part of the emergency services unit, assigned to PATH. He worked out of Journal Square but was summoned to the World Trade enter after the attack. He was broadly trained. He had been to chemical identification school; he had learned how to deal with hazardous materials; he knew how to rappel; he was schooled in scuba diving.

“He wanted his family to be safe,” said his wife, Karen. “He wanted everybody to be safe. That was why he was a police officer.”

09/12/14 09:15 PM #3    

Ken Baba (1973)

"End of Watch" people with real responsibility know the watch is never over - until one day it is... Thank you so much for Joe`s service. Sincerely, Ken Baba.

05/07/15 02:08 PM #4    

Neil Chris Vesce (1989)

Joe, I see Tyler Clementi with that Matrix Movie style rescue just being read. Please bridge the misunderstanding in the family this mother's day

09/11/15 11:42 AM #5    

Marcia Pelka (1968)


God grant mercy on his soul and comfort to his family. We shall never forget.  Eternal be his memory.



09/11/15 12:25 PM #6    

Al Gunderson (1964)

The last time I saw you was September 7th when I dropped off barricades for your annual block party which was held on Saturday.

Rest well my Brother

Al Gunderson

09/11/15 12:37 PM #7    

Eileen Wynne (Lichtblau) (1975)

Class of '75 will never forget the sacrifice Joey and his family gave...we continue to pray for those souls we lost and for the loved ones they left behind.

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