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Released: 1/13/2011 

DRPA Honors The Late Corporal Christopher Milito

Police Officers from the Delaware River Port Authority along with Pennsylvania and New Jersey State/Local Police Departments and members of the Milito family gathered at the Walt Whitman Bridge Administration Building today for a plaque ceremony honoring the late Corporal Christopher Milito.

Corporal Milito, a 16-year veteran of the DRPA Police force, died on January 16, 2010 as the result of injuries suffered while assisting in a traffic accident investigation on the Walt Whitman Bridge. He was 40 years old.

At today’s ceremony a hero plaque was dedicated in Corporal Milito’s honor. It will serve as a constant reminder of his commitment to public safety.

The plaque was unveiled by James Binns, founder of the Philadelphia Hero Plaque Program and donated by The Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command Class #306. The plaque was installed at the base of the Walt Whitman Bridge flag pole by representatives of the Cement and Plasters Union Local 592.

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “Christopher Milito died doing something he loved, assisting both fellow officers and drivers who use our bridges.  We still feel the loss today but also realize his memory will inspire all of us to do our jobs to the best of our ability each and every day.”

Christopher joined the DRPA Police Force on January 31, 1994. He was described by DRPA Police Chief Dave McClintock as being, “a very, very smart man and very well-educated,” McClintock said. “He had an overall commitment to his position and to be the very best he could be.”

Milito is survived by brother, Thomas Milito, sisters Rita Martino (Leo), Gina Milito and Valerie Furlan (Chris); also survived by his nieces and nephews Eric (Ro), Jaimie, David, Gianna, Robert, Tyler and Alexandria.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, PATCO, and the RiverLink Ferry.

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