Former Braves pitcher turned police officer killed on his way to 9/11 event

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A former Braves pitcher died after he got into a car crash en route to an event to remember Sept. 11 attacks.

Anthony Varvaro, 37, retired from the MLB in 2016 to become a police officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Braves confirmed Varvaro’s death on Sunday afternoon.

“We are deeply saddened on the passing of former Braves pitcher Anthony Varvaro. Anthony, 37, played parts of six seasons in the majors, including four with Atlanta,” the team said.

Varvaro pitched for the Braves from 2011 to 2014.

Details surrounding the crash have not been released yet.

”The entire Port Authority family is heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of Officer Anthony Varvaro. Officer Varvaro represented the very best of this agency, and will be remembered for his courage and commitment to service. On this solemn occasion as the Port Authority mourns the loss of 84 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center — including 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department — our grief only deepens today with the passing of Officer Varvaro. On behalf of the entire agency, we send our deepest condolences to Officer Varvaro’s wife, Kerry, his four children, and his family and friends,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement.

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