Jersey City Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh joined other New Jersey Muslim officials in recognizing Zack Tahhan’s heroism for helping identify a Brooklyn subway shooter earlier this month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The event, held at Prospect Park Borough Hall, saw Mayor Mohamed Khairullah present Tahhan, 21, of Union City, with a key to the city for helping the NYPD identify and capture Frank James, 62, who shot 10 people and injured 19 others when he allegedly set off smoke grenades and fired a handgun at a Brooklyn subway station.
“Zack is an American first, and he’s a hero to all of us. Zack represents what our humanity is all about,” the mayor said.
“On behalf of myself and the governing body, we’d like to present you with the key to the city in recognition and appreciation of your alertness and bravery in helping capture the Brooklyn subway terrorist, who was armed and dangerous, thus preventing further casualties to the general public.”
Saleh, who presented Tahhan with a citation from Jersey City commending him for his bravery, posted about the presser on Instagram.
“Thank you @zacktahhan for your incredible and courageous actions in identifying the Brooklyn shooter, and notifying the NYPD so that they could apprehend the suspect before even more people were hurt,” he wrote.
“I was honored to be able to present you with a citation from Jersey City. Thank you to Mayor @mayorkhairullah for organizing this, @cair.nj, and all the elected officials and representatives from across New Jersey that showed up to honor this amazing hero. @marvelstudios you need to cast him in your next film!”
Tahhan also received citations, proclamations, and commendations from the state legislature, the Passaic County Board of Commissioners, the New Jersey Muslim Law Enforcement Association, and the Borough of Haledon – among many others.