2007-11-02 / Community

JCCRP Breakfast Awards Bravest And Finest

By Miriam Rosenberg

Firefighter James Byrne listens as Chief Michael McGrath, chief of 47 Battalion, left, reads off the accomplishments of the firefighter. Byrne has also been presented with the department's highest honor -  the James Gordon Bennett award -  for his rescue of a fellow firefighter on January 26, 2006. It is the first time a member of 47 Battalion received the award. Firefighter James Byrne listens as Chief Michael McGrath, chief of 47 Battalion, left, reads off the accomplishments of the firefighter. Byrne has also been presented with the department's highest honor - the James Gordon Bennett award - for his rescue of a fellow firefighter on January 26, 2006. It is the first time a member of 47 Battalion received the award. Two members of New York City's uniformed services were honored last week, as the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula recognized them for their service to the Rockaway community.

Police Officer Kevin Campbell, of the 101 Precinct, and Firefighter James Byrne, of Ladder 121, both received JCCRP's public service award at the organization's annual Legislative Breakfast on October 28.

Officer Campbell joined the NYPD in 1999 and was assigned to the 101 Precinct in February 2000. For six and one-half years, he was a midnight patrol officer. He became part of the community-policing unit at the precinct in 2006.

Firefighter Byrne, who lives in Belle Harbor with his wife and four sons, has been assigned to Ladder 121 since he joined the FDNY 11 years ago.

After Police Officer Kevin Campbell was presented with JCCRP's public service award for his work in the community, he and his family were joined by JCCRP officers After Police Officer Kevin Campbell was presented with JCCRP's public service award for his work in the community, he and his family were joined by JCCRP officers On January 26, 2006, Byrne and his company were fighting a fire on Beach 40 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Upon hearing the calls of a fellow firefighter, and without any regard for his own safety, Byrne rescued his colleague, who was trapped in the hallway of the multi-story building.

Members of Rockaway's FDNY and the 101 Precinct joined both men as they were honored by the JCCRP. for this photo including Chaim Leibtag, president; Yaakov Goldfeder, vice president; and Harvey Gordon, executive director.

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