"Your heart goes out to that officer," said Patrick Smith, an officer with the Newark Police Department, told television station KPIX-5 in a January interview. "We're going to mourn the loss of our brother . but there's someone else and another family affected by this, too. And I feel sorry for them."
"Airport security needs to be thorough but it also needs to be rational, and the truth is that we can never make any airport totally impervious to attack," said Patrick Smith, a commercial airline pilot and aviation author.