George Washington Bridge Security Guards Fired After Being Photographed Sleeping on the Job

Michael J. Feeney and John Lauinger, New York Daily News, September 1, 2009

A pair of security guards who were supposed to keep an eagle eye on the highly trafficked span were fired Monday after pictures of them repeatedly snoozing on the job were published on the Web site Cliffviewpilot.com.

The slumbering guards worked for FJC Security Services. The Manhattan-based company is contracted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge–considered by law enforcement to be a key terror target.

“The two guards have been fired by the security contractor,” the Port Authority said in a statement Monday.

The damning pictures of the dozing guards were snapped by Joey Lepore, who owns a bicycle tour company and rides over the bridge regularly.

He caught one of the guards catnapping inside a security booth twice yesterday morning. Lepore told Cliffviewpilot he was fed up because he had spotted a different guard conked out on Aug. 5.

“And that was the third time I’d seen him sleeping!” Lepore told the Web site.

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A cyclist snapped these pictures of guards sleeping while on duty on the George Washington Bridge.

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