2001-05-05 / Editorial/Opinion

The Life They Save

The Life They Save

The pages of each issue of The Wave are filled with stories and notices concerning the various organizations that serve Rockaway and Broad Channel. While many people argue that apathy is rampant in this nation, we are lucky on a local level to have as many community groups in our midst as we do have.

For every kid we see hanging out on the street corner, there are dozens of others who are involved regularly in organized athletic and recreational activities. They range from the kids playing lacrosse in Far Rockaway to the Rockaway Rockies in Rockaway Beach to the Rockaway Little League in Riis Park to the myriad of sports teams sponsored by the Broad Channel Athletic Club. None of those activities would be available to our youth were it not for the hard work of those dedicated men and women who coach, officiate at and organize those youth leagues.

For every litter-strewn lot on the peninsula, there are others where beautiful flowers bloom and plantings beautify the area, thanks to many civic beautification groups and their tireless volunteers.

Especially deserving of our appreciation are our volunteer emergency service workers. As you read this, dozens of volunteers are on duty, watching over our neighborhoods as members of volunteer fire departments, ambulance corps, auxiliary police units and civilian anti-crime patrols.

We are excited about our peninsula’s newest volunteer emergency service unit, "The Rock" volunteer ambulance corps. Working out of Peninsula Hospital Center, the group plans to staff ambulances that will respond to assist those in need when city services are not available. What makes us particularly interested in this new group is that their plan is to respond to medical emergencies throughout the entire area, with the exception of those neighborhoods where existing emergency service groups already exist and serve.

There is certainly a unifying effect to have a group that plans to serve not one neighborhood, but every neighborhood on the peninsula. The group hopes to recruit from Far Rockaway to Neponsit and every neighborhood in between. It is our hope that the community will support this new organization.

All of our civic and emergency service groups deserve our support. That means verbal action at meetings as well as financial support when a member of the group comes to your door asking for assistance.

Remember, the life you save by supporting these groups might be your own.

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