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Greg Depanicis (not verified)

September 15, 2021

I remember Paulie as it was yesterday. At the GWB they had a party each year which my father would bring me too. I always loved going and being around other police officers like my dad. Then at one of the parties Paulie was there working under the central police pool. My dad was busy giving out ice cream and hotdogs. Then I ran into him, he was as tall as a giant to a 9 year old. He had the nicest smile and was very kind. He took me around the facility answering all the questions I asked. He did this all on his own, he could have easy said take a hike but he didn't. When I found out what happened to him I was heart broken and still to this day. I always tell this story to people with a smile on my face because I got to meet just for a moment a true hero.

Posted by Greg Depanicis

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Place of Residence:
Paramus, NJ
Location on 9/11:
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey | Police Officer

Paul always wanted to be a police officer. He spent years earning a science degree and even worked in a New Jersey lab. Paul jumped at the chance to join the Conrail Transit Police, then also had a position with the Port Authority's Honor Guard, where he was the flag-bearer, which was the most important thing to him. It was said the flag bearing meant more to him than any of his commendations.

Officer Laszczynski was born in Baltimore and raised in Jersey City. At 6 feet 5 inches and 240 pounds, Laszczynski played football in both high school and college, and tried out for two professional football teams, the New York Jets, and the New York Giants.

Officer Laszczynski was the pride of his police department and rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with police groups that raised money for children's charities. Paul's spirit and heroism will forever give lasting memories to the lives of everyone he touched. He was the standard of what every public service is all about.