Sunday, September 6, 2015

One Tough Cookie

Not just anyone can marry the person who defeated him in the election for President of the Sixth Grade at Aldene Elementary School in Roselle Park, New Jersey.  Robert Kaulfers could.  And he did. 

Sgt. Robert Kaulfers of the PAPD disproved the old adage that it is the victors who receive the spoils when he married Cookie, his conqueror.  The couple had been married for twenty-five years at the time of his death on September 11, 2001.  They were the proud parents of two kids, Timothy and Meredith.  

Forty-nine years old, Sgt. Kaulfers was on duty at the PATH Bureau in Hoboken, New Jersey when he received a report of the attack on the World Trade Center.  He hurried across the river from the Jersey side to do what he could to help.  His selflessness cost him his life.  

Somewhere Sgt. Kaulfers is smiling, secure in the knowledge that while what happened to his family could have destroyed it, his wife - Cookie - and his kids refused to allow it to do so.  

It takes one hell of a tough Cookie to not crumble. 

Sgt. Robert Kaulfers


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