The photo above was what is was all about - Giving appreciation to those who are the first responders to an emergency situation. State Senator Jeff Klein held his fifth annual First Responders Appreciation Barbecue today at Orchard Beach. The barbecue was held to thank the brave men and women who have risked their their lives to protect the safety and security of New Yorkers.
Senator Klein honored local heroes including Ladder Company 46, Engine Company 81, Lieutenant Paul Trapani of the 45th Precinct, recently retired Detective Vic DiPierro of the 49th Precinct, Officer Alejandro Ochoa of the 43rd Precinct, Officer Satinderpal Singh of the 43rd Precinct, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Franciso Pino-Duarte of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), EMT Deborah Greco of the FDNY, EMT Edwin Mendez of the FDNY, Lieutenant Jason Waszmer of the FDNY Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station 15, Officer Mark Rosenberg of the 50th Precinct, and Officer Nadja Brightman of the 50th Precinct. Photos are below.
Above - Members of the FDNY/EMS receive citations from Senator Klein.
Below - Members of the NYPD receive citations from Senator Klein.
Above - Members of the FDNY receive citations from Senator Klein.
Below = the men of Engine 81 and Ladder 46 (from the Bailey Ave. firehouse) were among those honored.
Above and below - Senator Klein had lots of entertainment, games and food to enjoy before and after the awards were given out to the deserving local heros.
Senator Klein is talking to a constituent, as he is enjoying some of the food that was provided to the hundreds of people who came to help celebrate the first responders.