Former MLB pitcher Who Became a Police Officer killed in a crash on the way to 9/11 memorial

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 11: Anthony Varvaro #46 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anthony Varvaro

A former MLB pitcher who became a New York police officer was killed in a car crash on his way to a 9/11 memorial on Sunday.

Anthony Varvaro, 37, was traveling to Manhattan’s World Trade Center 9/11 ceremony when he was involved in a wrong-way crash. 

“The entire Port Authority family is heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of Officer Anthony Varvaro,” the Port Authority said in a statement to CNN affiliate WABC. 

Varvaro was an officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department for six years. He played for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Seattle Mariners in the MLB. 

“His baseball exploits speak for themselves, one of the best pitchers in St. John’s history. He was a quiet leader, fierce competitor and great teammate. He had an arm like a firebolt, but a heart of gold. However, Anthony was much more than an athlete. He was a man of service, a tremendous father and family man, St. John’s Baseball head coach Ed Blankmeyer in tribute to Varvaro.

Varvaro leaves behind a wife and four children.

“Heartbroken by the tragic passing of Port Authority Police Officer Anthony Varvaro. Officer Varvaro was an invaluable leader at the PA as an Academy Instructor,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweets in memorium of Vavaro’s passing.