Mayor Anthony Russo
A Community Dealing With Tragedy
Last Thursday, February 12th, three bullets tore into the heart of our community. In the process, we lost not just a teacher but a father, son, brother, role model and inspiration to many. The tragic incident which took John Sacci from our lives shook this city.
No one can explain it, yet it seems everyone is talking about it, trying to make some sense out of it all. In barber shops, bodegas, restaurants and corner stores people keep asking: "How could this happen and why to such a good caring person?" This showed that Hoboken is truly more than a city. It is more like a family.
Like all of those who knew "Gigi" I will miss him. Like others, I am left only with warm thoughts and humorous anecdotes about him. I know how much he cared about life, his family and making a difference in the lives of others. We all witnessed the impact he had on those lucky to have been taught or coached by John Sacci.
As the Mayor of this great city and a former teacher at the High School, I am so proud of our students and former students. They demonstrated a genuine love, compassion and respect for someone who worked so hard to improve their lot in life. As Mr. Johnston said in his eulogy, "Our kids are the best!."
To all of the school personnel, from the Superintendent to the part time employees, I thank you for the support given to the Sacci family and especially the time you spent consoling our children. You were strong at a time when you yourselves were the most vulnerable.
To all of our public safety personnel, you have once again shown the ability to react to a crisis swiftly, professionally and with a compassion unlike others. The police officers at the scene carried out their assignment with dignity. While at the wake and funeral they were available to control traffic, crowds and the ubiquitous press in a firm but polite manner. You continue to demonstrate to everyone that we have one of the best police departments in the country.
To John’s wife, Kathleen and their children, his parents, brothers and other family, thank you for sharing John with us. Be proud of how John has been such a positive influence on Hoboken and its residents. I am sure that he is now in a better place, watching over us.