Sheriff from Jersey Assists in Arrest While on Disney Vacation

Orlando International Airport

Jim Gannon, Sheriff of Morris County, New Jersey, was in Orlando visiting The Most Magical Place On Earth with his family when the call of Duty caught up with him.

According to, Sheriff Gannon was in Orlando International Airport (MCO) with his daughter and grandchildren when an unruly passenger was causing a disturbing scene in the United Airlines Terminal. An amateur video was shared by local Orlando station News 6. A large man, reportedly drunk, can be seen banging on a jetway door after reportedly attacking his wife and an airline employee. Sheriff Gannon was the first to arrive on the scene with a local airport police officer. He can be identified as the man in a green shirt and black mask.

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It should be noted that Sheriff Gannon did not make his identity known publically, save to the local authorities, and he was identified for his good samaritan by a reader.

Orlando International Airport

Credit: MCO

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“With all the unfair media coverage of law enforcement, Jim is proof that a police officer is never off duty,” said Chris Russell, Gannon’s campaign consultant when asked for comment. “On vacation to Disney with his grandkids, Jim could have stayed in his seat, but instead he jumped in to subdue a violent individual and help local officers. I’m proud to work for him and New Jersey should be proud he’s one of our own.”

Gannon has served as Morris County Sheriff since 2016. It is unclear whether he and his family were catching their flight home or if they were about to catch a ride to Disney World.

Orlando International Airport is one of Central Florida’s major points of entry for Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Seaworld Orlando, Port Canaveral, and Kennedy Space Center. The Orlando airport services a plethora of airlines such as United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, American Airlines, and more. Orlando Sanford International Airport also services the same area.

Orlando International Airport


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As more Guests get back to traveling and return to the Walt Disney World Resort, we at Disney Fanatic want to remind our readers that safe and magical times still lie ahead despite recent events like this. But if you notice any unruly behavior while on your Disney World vacation, please do not hesitate to reach out to local security or law enforcement.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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