Thomas Buchta is a Christian, retired, 19 year decorated veteran of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department. Tom started out his career at JFK International Airport, before he was transferred to the Central Police Pool where he served at LaGuardia Airport, the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge before being permanently assigned to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in mid-town Manhattan – the biggest bus terminal in the world, where Tom was stationed for nearly 16 years. While serving at the Bus Terminal command, he was assigned as a liaison with the New York City Police Department – Manhattan Courts, where he served for nearly 8 years. Tom retired from the Port Authority Police in March of 2002.
Officer Buchta is also an active 40-year member of the volunteer fire service in Nassau County, New York, having served in the Hempstead Fire Department for 13 years, where he attained the rank of Captain and for 27-years in the Glenwood Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Company, where he has served as a lieutenant, Vice-President, President, and currently is the fire company’s Chaplain and Assistant Secretary.
The 9/11 Tom was supposed to be working, but was spared because he didn't go to work that morning...
Yet, when he heard the news he went there to help, and he is here in these days in Italy as an eye-witness of what happened!