CHELSEA, Manhattan — Two NYPD Bomb Squad detectives were promoted Friday for removing an unexploded pressure cooker bomb filled with shrapnel from West 27th Street in Chelsea and disarming it.
Jason Hallik and Anthony Mason were both promoted to second-grade detectives. Hallik suited up and removed the unexploded device on Sept. 17. He then disarmed the device, with assistance from Mason, at the NYPD’s gun range at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx the next day.
“You just train and you just do your job,” Hallik said. “Whether it’s an empty package or if it’s something, you’re out there trying to protect everybody and you just do your job. You just do it.”
The unexploded device was studied for around 10 hours at the gun range on Sept. 18, police said. They wanted to disarm it so the device would provide as much value as evidence as possible.
Police tried a number of techniques to disarm the device without success before Hallik and Mason successfully rendered it safe.
“It’s a tremendous amount of heart and a tremendous amount of courage to do something like that,” said Commissioner James O’Neil.