2007-05-04 / Community

Chamber Salutes Rockaway's Bravest And Finest


The 101 Precinct was well represented. The 101 Precinct was well represented. Officers of the 100 Precinct pose for a photo. Officers of the 100 Precinct pose for a photo. Members of the 'Big House' fire station in Far Rockaway pose for a photo. The Big House's Jeff James of Ladder 134 was one of four members of the FDNY recognized this year at the luncheon. Members of the 'Big House' fire station in Far Rockaway pose for a photo. The Big House's Jeff James of Ladder 134 was one of four members of the FDNY recognized this year at the luncheon. Members of the NYPD, including 101 commander Captain Brian McMahon, during the opening prayer. Members of the NYPD, including 101 commander Captain Brian McMahon, during the opening prayer. Representatives of EMS Station 47 bow their heads as a prayer starts off the luncheon. Station 47 was honored for its 'Santa Medic' program where they collected and handed out gifts for hospitalized children during the holidays. Representatives of EMS Station 47 bow their heads as a prayer starts off the luncheon. Station 47 was honored for its 'Santa Medic' program where they collected and handed out gifts for hospitalized children during the holidays. Firefighter James Byrne is seen during his acceptance speech at the luncheon. Byrne, and fellow honoree -  Lieutenant Steven Sharp -  were applauded for putting their own safety aside and saving fellow firefighters. FDNY honorees Byrne, Sharp, Captain Kenneth Whelan and Firefighter Jeff James are all from Battalion 47. Firefighter James Byrne is seen during his acceptance speech at the luncheon. Byrne, and fellow honoree - Lieutenant Steven Sharp - were applauded for putting their own safety aside and saving fellow firefighters. FDNY honorees Byrne, Sharp, Captain Kenneth Whelan and Firefighter Jeff James are all from Battalion 47. Tavia Blakely sings our national anthem. Tavia Blakely sings our national anthem. Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Captain Charles Neacy of the 100 Precinct get together during the lunch. Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Captain Charles Neacy of the 100 Precinct get together during the lunch. Captain Brian McMahon of the 101 Precinct with this year's honorees from his command -  Officer Joseph Cruzado and Lieutenant Timothy Farrell. Captain Brian McMahon of the 101 Precinct with this year's honorees from his command - Officer Joseph Cruzado and Lieutenant Timothy Farrell. Captain Charles Neacy, of the 100 Precinct, prepares to present Officer Timothy Villani with an award. Captain Charles Neacy, of the 100 Precinct, prepares to present Officer Timothy Villani with an award. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer told the crowd, "We here in Rockaway know the true heroes are the people who serve us -  the police, the fire and transit [officers]." Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer told the crowd, "We here in Rockaway know the true heroes are the people who serve us - the police, the fire and transit [officers]." Captain Jack O'Loughlin, left, John Lepore and Alan Camhi, right, of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce with EMS workers from Station 47 -  Lieutenant Michael Vetack, Paramedic Brenda Jones and Paramedic Thomas McCarthy -  who were recognized for their work during a drowning situation off Beach 3 Street last year. Captain Jack O'Loughlin, left, John Lepore and Alan Camhi, right, of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce with EMS workers from Station 47 - Lieutenant Michael Vetack, Paramedic Brenda Jones and Paramedic Thomas McCarthy - who were recognized for their work during a drowning situation off Beach 3 Street last year. Sergeant Brian Stamm, of the 100 Precinct, is seen here with his parents, wife and two children. He was described by his commanding officer, Captain Charles Neacy, as the precinct's Cop of the Year. Sergeant Brian Stamm, of the 100 Precinct, is seen here with his parents, wife and two children. He was described by his commanding officer, Captain Charles Neacy, as the precinct's Cop of the Year. Transit District 23 honoree Officer Owen Manico is joined by his mother, Helen McCaffrey and his daughter Delilah, 8. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Transit District 23 honoree Officer Owen Manico is joined by his mother, Helen McCaffrey and his daughter Delilah, 8. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

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