NJ State Police honor Hoboken’s Texas Arizona for aiding after train crash


The New Jersey State Police honored the staff of Hoboken’s Texas Arizona for their compassion and assistance to first responders after a horrific train crash that left 108 people injured and one dead back in September.

Michael Citarella (middle), the managing partner of Hoboken's Texas Arizona, was honored by the New Jersey State Police yesterday. Photo via NJSP Facebook.
Michael Citarella (middle), the managing partner of Hoboken’s Texas Arizona, was honored by the New Jersey State Police yesterday. Photo via NJSP Facebook.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“When a commuter train crashed into a platform at the Hoboken train station on September 29, killing one person and injuring 108 others, the emergency response was massive, with multiple local, state, and federal agencies and emergency personnel rushing to the scene to render aid,” the NJSP said in a Facebook post.

“For all of the personnel who responded, it was long day that was both physically and mentally taxing. And so when Michael Citarella, Managing Partner of Texas Arizona Restaurant in Hoboken, opened his doors to the emergency workers and offered food, drink, and a brief but much needed rest, it was more than just a kind gesture.”

At their division headquarters in West Trenton, Citarella was presented a letter of appreciation from Col. Rick Fuentes, on behalf of the NJSP and all the other first responders who appreciated the Texas Arizona staff going the extra mile to accommodate them during a difficult time.

“He sought no publicity or fanfare. But to us, his gesture was yet another example of the American spirit–helping others and asking for nothing in return–uniting despite race, religion, gender, or political affiliation,” the NJSP Facebook post also said, going on to thank the entire Texas Arizona staff.

One of the Mile Square City’s most popular bars and restaurants, Texas Arizona is located at 76 River St.

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