Rockaway EMT To March In Dublin's St. Paddy's Day Parade
By Miriam Rosenberg
Five members of New York's Emergency Medical Service will represent the city tomorrow as they march in the Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick's Day Parade. Among them will be Lieutenant Peter Jakubowski of Station 47, which is located on Beach 49 Street.
This will be Jakubowski's first trip to the Emerald Isle.
"We will be marching with the Dublin Fire Brigade," said Jakubowski, who's of Irish and Polish decent.
Jakubowski said he answered a call from his local looking for members interested in making this year's trip.
"We're all paying our own way," he continued. "It's not through the department or the union."
While they are there, the EMS workers will be doing some sightseeing, as well as visiting with Dublin's ambulance service. "We will be interacting with Dublin's fire brigade ambulance service," he said.
In addition, Jakubowski and his colleagues will be visiting a 9/11 memorial dedicated to firefighter Sean Tallon, an Irish/American firefighter with the FDNY who had roots in Donadea, Ireland.
The memorial, located in Donadea Forest Park, 20 miles east of Dublin, are twin blocks that are scale replicas of the Twin Towers. They are engraved with all the names of the FDNY, the NYPD and the Port Authority personnel who died in the terrorist attacks.
Jakubowski and his fellow EMS workers - Lieutenant Ed Platt of Station 50; and EMT John Maguire, Paramedic Sean Powers and EMT Josh Brocklan of Station 38 in Brooklyn left New York on March 14 and are returning to John F. Kennedy airport on March 20.
Also making the trip to march in Dublin's parade are retired EMT Scott Huston and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.