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Bridge Patrol Operator William Kay of South Nyack (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge Patrol Operator William Kay of South Nyack talks with the driver of a disabled vehicle on the Tappan Zee Bridge. The rescue crew ended up towing the van off the bridge by pushing it from the rear bumper. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Tappan Zee Bridge rescue crews

During a ride-along with the Tappan Zee Bridge Patrol Operators, who are dedicated New York State Thruway Authority employees charged with keeping lanes open and traffic safely moving on the bridge, they talk about the many experiences and situations they encounter during their job. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Bridge Patrol Operator William Kay of South Nyack
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge Patrol Operator William Kay of South Nyack talks with the driver of a disabled vehicle on the Tappan Zee Bridge. The rescue crew ended up towing the van off the bridge by pushing it from the rear bumper. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Bridge Patrol Operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge Patrol Operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet drives out to assist a disabled vehicle on the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Traffic flows during midmorning hours as Tappan Zee
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Traffic flows during midmorning hours as Tappan Zee Bridge patrol operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet keeps watch. (Jan. 11, 2013)

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During a ride-along with the Tappan Zee Bridge
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

During a ride-along with the Tappan Zee Bridge patrol operators, who are dedicated New York State Thruway Authority employees charged with keeping lanes open and traffic safely moving on the bridge, they talk about the many experiences and situations they encounter during their job. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Bridge patrol operator Robert Ryder of Stony Point
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge patrol operator Robert Ryder of Stony Point stands in Tarrytown with the Tappan Zee Bridge behind him. The tow-truck drivers work to clear accidents and debris, assist stranded drivers and deal with any people out of their vehicles on the bridge. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Work crews make repairs on the Tappan Zee
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Work crews make repairs on the Tappan Zee Bridge as patrol operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet makes his rounds. (Jan. 11, 2013)

Bridge patrol operator William Kay of South Nyack
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge patrol operator William Kay of South Nyack rides out to assist a motorist whose car is disabled on the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Electricians change bulbs that often are spotted as
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Electricians change bulbs that often are spotted as in need of replacement by bridge patrol operators on the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Jan. 11, 2013)

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Bridge patrol operator Robert Ryder of Stony Point
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge patrol operator Robert Ryder of Stony Point keeps an eye on the Tappan Zee Bridge from a garage in Tarrytown. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Bridge patrol operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge patrol operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet describes his job duties while in an office at the Thruway Authority building for Tappan Zee Bridge crews in Tarrytown. (Jan. 11, 2013)

Bridge patrol operator Robert Ryder of Stony Point,
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge patrol operator Robert Ryder of Stony Point, left, talks with bridge maintenance supervisor Leonard Cardillo in a State Thruway Authority building near the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown. (Jan. 18, 2013)

Traffic flows midday on the Tappan Zee Bridge.
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Traffic flows midday on the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Jan. 11, 2013)

Bridge patrol operators clock in and out in
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Bridge patrol operators clock in and out in the State Thruway Authority garage in Tarrytown, next to the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Jan. 18, 2013)

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A safety award for the Tappan Zee Bridge
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

A safety award for the Tappan Zee Bridge patrol operators hangs on a wall at a State Thruway Authority building in Tarrytown. (Jan. 11, 2013)

Traffic flows during midmorning hours as Tappan Zee
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Traffic flows during midmorning hours as Tappan Zee Bridge patrol operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet keeps watch. (Jan. 11, 2013)

It's a typical morning on the Tappan Zee
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

It's a typical morning on the Tappan Zee Bridge as patrol operator Domenick V. Giovinazzo of Nanuet makes his rounds. (Jan. 11, 2013)

A State Thruway Authority plaque marking the dedication
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

A State Thruway Authority plaque marking the dedication of the Tappan Zee Bridge hangs on a wall inside the Thruway Authority building in Tarrytown. (Jan. 18, 2013)

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