Rutherford – When others were in danger, Maurice Barry, known affectionately to his friends and family as “Moe,” was always the first one to help. An ambulance corps volunteer in Rutherford, a Boy Scout leader and a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Barry was one of the first to respond to the World Trade Center on that fateful day 10 years ago when he was called from his post in Jersey City.
His wife Marianne remembers Moe as a man who was firmly dedicated to helping others, ready at a moment’s notice to rush to others’ assistance, be it at two in the afternoon or two in the morning.
Barry and his wife both grew up in Jersey City, where they met and married. Together, the couple moved to Rutherford in 1978 and had two sons, Jon, 30, and Chris, 28. Jon has moved away to Texas where he works as a teacher. Chris still lives in Rutherford.
In 2003, Carneer Avenue in Rutherford was named Moe Barry Way in his honor. Marianne still lives on the street that bears her husband’s name.