2005-04-08 / Community

Chamber Names Honorees For ‘Bravest And Finest’

The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways will host their annual Bravest and Finest Awards Luncheon at the Beach Club (Beach 116 Street) on April 21 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The luncheon honors police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from each of the local units.

Firefighter Craig Mosia - Ladder Company 121

Firefighter Craig Mosia is a member of E-265 for four years; he is a devoted firefighter and family man. On August 3, 2004, Firefighter Mosia was commended for his quick and brave work in pulling 13 year old Tab Miller from the waters of Jamaica Bay. Firefighter Mosia stripped down and plunged into the water to get the youth and pull him out of the water.

Firefighter LeRoy McGinnis - Engine Company 266

Firefighter Leroy McGinnis has been a proud member of Engine Company 266 for almost 20 years. Firefighter McGinnis is a dedicated member of the FDNY who responded to both the World Trade Center and Belle Harbor Plane Crash. He is a Union Delegate for Engine Co. 266 and is always willing to help his “brothers” in any capacity possible.

Lieutenant James O’Brien - Ladder Company 137

Lieutenant James O’Brien is a life long resident of Breezy Point. After working for 18 years as a firefighter in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, O’Brien was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to Ladder 137 in Rockaway. He responded off duty to the World Trade Center and the plane crash in Belle Harbor. He was the initial officer in command for two successful surf rescues this past summer and was awarded a unit citation for each rescue. Lieutenant O’Brien is well known for going out of his way to help train and educate new firefighters joining Ladder Company 137.

Captain Richard McCluskey - Engine Company 264

The officers and members of E-264, E-328 and L-134 have selected 24-year veteran Captain Richard McCluskey (L-134) to represent the Big House. McCluskey has been Captain of the Big House for three years and is a long-time Rockaway resident. His dedication to the Fire Department has been demonstrated by the numerous and varied courses and training programs he has participated in throughout his career. He is extremely involved in community affairs projects for the Rockaway Peninsula and is just an all around good guy.

Paramedic Robert Salvesen – EMS-FDNY

Paramedic Robert Salvesen, has been with the FDNY since 1983 and has been a Paramedic for almost twenty years. On Friday, September 17, a 911 call came in reporting a male drowning in the vicinity of Beach 123 Street. Immediately, Salvesen and his partner sprang into action. Upon first observation of the scene was a female removing an unconscious male from the surf. Paramedic Salvesen, his partner and the woman began what would prove to be a very difficult resuscitation. Salvesen seeing a NYPD helicopter hovering, decided to utilize the helicopter as a means to expedite transport. After arriving at Peninsula Hospital, the 15-year-old boy had regained a pulse. Unfortunately he never regained consciousness. The family made a decision, there was no hope for their child, but through the Organ Donor Program they could bring life to others. On the afternoon of September 17, Paramedic Salvesen helped this family by taking the best possible care of their child that the circumstances afforded him. In turn, that care made it possible that the strict criteria for viable organs were met. And through the generosity and compassion of the patient’s family, other lives have been saved. Paramedic Salvesen’s expertise, professionalism and quick actions are attributed to the positives that arose from this event.

Police Officer Glen Lewter – Transit District 23

In 2004, Transit District 23 continued to reduce transit related crime and increased the safety of riders and the general public. Another obligation of the Police Department is youth involvement. This mission is most notably served by introducing teens to a relationship with local police and setting them on a path to a successful integration into society. At Transit District 23 that role has been performed to excellence by Police Officer Glen Lewter who in addition to his other responsibilities is the Law Enforcement Explorer Coordinator. Lewter is a tireless worker whose personal commitment to the Rockaway youth is unquestionable. Lewter imparts family values, respect and personal responsibility upon his charges. He has mentored many children who have gone on to secondary education and bright futures.

Police Officer John Bellico – 100th Precinct

Appointed to the Anti Crime Unit of the 100 th Precinct in July 2001, Bellico and his partner, Ragab, totaled 116 arrests for 2004, including 7 for possession of firearms. He began this year by arresting two men who fired more than a dozen shots towards motorists on the Cross Bay Bridge. Police recovered three guns, ammunition and an 8-year-old boy from the apartment where the shots were fired. Bellico, on patrol, heard the gunfire ring out just minutes after the start of 2005 and tracked the blasts to a 7 th floor apartment in the Bay Towers building. Bellico entered the building with the captain, and just as they were poised to knock on the door, heard 10 more shots fired from inside. The bullets were fired towards the Cross Bay Bridge which had motor vehicle traffic on it. The police gained entry into the apartment and arrested several people. They recovered handguns and found spent rounds littering the apartment balcony and recovered ammo for additional guns. Officer Bellico’s heroic actions that day probably saved the lives of unsuspecting motorists crossing the Bridge. Bellico who was formerly an Auxiliary Officer with the 100 Precinct, is married with a newborn child.

Police Officer Tara Hansen – 101st Precinct

Police Officer Tara Hansen was appointed to the New York City Police Department March 1, 2000. Hansen is currently assigned as the 101 Precinct’s Narcotics Enforcement Initiative Coordinator. In this capacity, Hansen has demonstrated an extraordinary level of dedication and commitment to the Police Department and Far Rockaway community. Hansen is one of the main reasons the 101st Precinct has experienced tremendous success in reducing violent crimes. One of her most important duties is to perform Precinct debriefings. She has the natural ability to obtain intelligence from complainants, witnesses, parolees and perpetrators. Officer Hansen’s exceptional debriefing skills have resulted in signing numerous confidential informants, executing in excess of 60 firearm/narcotics search warrants and reducing the number of violent crimes within the community. Overall, Hansen has exceeded her duties and responsibilities as the Narcotics Enforcement Initiative Coordinator and has earned the respect and trust of her supervisors, peers and the Far Rockaway Community.

Police Officer Shaquan Harvin

Police Officer Shaquan Harvin entered the New York City Police Department in the Summer of 2000. Upon academy completion, Harvin was assigned to the 101 Precinct. During his field training period, Harvin quickly

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distinguished himself as an active cop with a great work ethic. As he worked on foot in the Redfern Housing Development, he began accumulating many quality arrests while developing a relationship and bond with the residents of the Development.

Harvin effected numerous notable arrests, many of which included the seizure of firearms and narcotics. He has arrested persons involved in shootings as well as robberies. As his arrest folder thickened, and in recognition of his hard work and abilities, he was assigned to the 101 Precinct’s Street Narcotics Unit. In his first year in the unit, he accumulated approximately 70 arrests and has proven himself to be a tremendous asset to the NYPD in reducing crime and improving the quality of life for the community of Far Rockaway. Shaquan Harvin has a lovely wife and is the proud father of Justin, 4, and Jade, 9 months.

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