Hope To Rockaway's Youth Pastor Donald Ventura, President of Lighthouse, Inc., praised his students.
By Gary G. Toms
A ceremony was held this week to honor the achievements of Lighthouse, Inc., a summer youth medical response-training program under the direction of Pastor Donald Ventura.
The program will be working with up to 150 high school students (in groups of 10) this summer, who will patrol Rockaway beaches to assist in emergency situations if needed.
The students received training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first-aid, and oxygen therapy. The organization was presented with a special plaque from the City of New York for its involvement in numerous emergency situations, which include the attacks on the World Trade Center. The event was attended by a number of elected officials, civic groups and community residents.
|The event was well attended by community members and supporters.|
|Lenward Terry Smith serves as Vice-President and Chief of Operations for the organization.|
|Pastors Leslie Oliver and Enrique Vega are huge supporters of the program.|
|Pictured are some of the students that will be patrolling the beaches.|
|Ventura, pictured with Democratic District Leader, Bob Simmons, prepares to address the audience.|
officials, their representatives, and St. John's and Peninsula
Hospital officials pose with Ventura and recent graduates of the Lighthouse, Inc. training program. They include: Assemblywoman Michele Titus, Bob Simmons, Ed Williams (for Congressman Gregory Meeks), Annette Cohen (for City Councilman James Sanders, Jr.), Luis A. Hernandez (CEO of St. John's Episcopal Hospital), Dee M. L'Archeveque MD (Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine for St. John's), and Dr. Aaron Nessoff, Director of Family Practice for Peninsula Hospital.|