Local Cop Goes to D.C.

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

What a difference a year makes, 12-short months ago the Pentagon was a scene of chaos- this year it's a place of rebirth.

Like a lot of officers in the Virginia State Police, Trooper Quintin Garber has been instrumental in the changes.

Garber is one of dozens of officers statewide who volunteers for extra duty in Washington, D.C.

"We're trying to make everyone feel safer in way of looking out for dangerous terrorist- as far as at the pentagon, at the airport, even in your own neighborhood," explains Trooper Quintin Garber.

On this day he's watching the outside of Reagan National Airport. His main duty- to watch for any suspicious passengers, cars or packages.

The curb outside the terminal is a drop off zone.. continually circling cars like this one are a safety concern. This is the first line of defense.

Inside, screeners stop each passenger. If you don't have a ticket, you're not getting pass this point. Once through the metal detectors, officers like Garber double-check passengers.

And while some may feel they're being singled out or harassed, Garber says it's necessary in today's world and he'll gladly give up his days off to ensure the safety of his fellow Americans.

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