Contact: David Zuba, Publicist, Media Relations/Communications
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Monday, July 13, 2015) – The New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Executive Director John Palmieri and Special Improvement Division Director Rick Santoro recently recognized four General Maintenance employees for their courageous actions that ultimately led to the apprehension of a robbery suspect by the Atlantic City Police Department (ACPD).
General Maintenance employees James Howard, Eddie Cruz, Javier Figueroa and Supervisor Wilfredo Cintron each received a framed certificate of achievement and a merchandise gift card as an expression of thanks and gratitude during a ceremony in front of fellow CRDA employees.
During the morning of Thursday, June 25, Howard was performing pan and broom cleaning duties along the Boardwalk near Florida Avenue when he witnessed a purse snatching in progress. Howard called out to the fleeing suspect before coming to the aid of the female victim while radioing to his nearby crew and supervisor. Cintron informed a nearby ACPD patrol unit of the situation and, along with Cruz and Figueroa, assisted in the search and eventual apprehension of the suspect, as well as recovery of the victim’s purse.
“They were ready to take action when they saw something happening and that’s something very few people would do, frankly,” said Palmieri. “They went above and beyond their call of duty.”
This particular general maintenance crew regularly performs its duties from 4 am to 12 pm daily and “the work they do is exceptional,” added Palmieri and in conclusion stated “it’s leadership, it’s training and it’s heart and you guys had it and we thank you.”
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The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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