Varvaro, who was an officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department for about six years, previously played for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.
“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,” the statement said.
Varvaro leaves behind a wife and four children, according to the statement.
“His baseball exploits speak for themselves, one of the best pitchers in St. John’s history,” longtime St. John’s Baseball Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer said in the tribute. “He was a quiet leader, fierce competitor and great teammate. He had an arm like a firebolt, but a heart of gold. However, Anthony was much more than an athlete. He was a man of service, a tremendous father and family man.”
Several of Varvaro’s former teammates and teams, as well as law enforcement agencies and elected officials, took to social media to mourn his passing.