2011-06-24 / Letters

Thanks To The Community

Dear Editor,

This letter is to the entire Rockaway community.

On May 14, my nephew Nicholas, was the victim of a hit and run driver on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 139 Street. Fortunately, he is recuperating, although I cannot express the intensity of it and how much it affected Nicholas and the entire family. It truly could have been a life changing moment had it not been for the unbelievable care and compassion of everyone involved.

Moments after he was struck there was a doctor, a neighbor, on the scene, taking charge of the needs of my nephew. To that neighbor I say thank you; and that’s for all the neighbors that helped out, especially Kevin Smith, who was also there.

At Kings County Hospital trauma center, the doctors were all over my nephew in a matter of seconds. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Benson, who through the first 12 hours was an unbelievable source of information and medical care. She was as compassionate and dedicated as one could wish. She was constantly giving us updates on what was going on, what tests were being done and why they were being done, in plain English.

When Nicholas was transferred into the pediatric ICU, he was met by nurses who probably would have been angels if not for their medical background. Again the care that was displayed was nothing short of amazing. One nurse, Mrs. Brooks, also gets a special thank you from me for not only being a great nurse but also a fantastic human being as well. She took care of Nicholas like he was her son.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank the neighbor who was a witness to this unfortunate event, but having the quick wittedness to respond in such a way. He chased the driver and another vehicle that was driving with him and was able to give the police enough of a description and license plate number for them to apprehend the driver. Thank You. A big thank you also goes out to the detectives of the 100 Precinct who did an outstanding job apprehending the driver by 6 a.m. the next morning. I also want to thank the scores of neighbors who brought food and prayers to Nicholas’ house the following weeks. The outpouring of care and concern that the community displayed was truly amazing. I was asked by people I didn’t even know, “how’s you nephew?” This truly is the greatest community in the world, bar none.

A special Thank You goes out to this community. Fortunately, Nicholas is going to make a complete recovery although it is not going to be an easy one. With the love and dedication of his family, my brother Michael and my sister-in-law Angela, and his brother and sister, who have stood up like pillars of strength and compassion during this trying and difficult time, it will be as good as it possibly can. Again, THANK YOU, to this community and everyone else who was there for Nicholas.


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Thank you for the follow up.

Thank you for the follow up. Glad to know your nephew will recuperate completely. I genuinely hope they throw the book (with a horseshoe attached) at the driver who hit and then ran. A criminal, coward and lowlife, he deserves every bad thing coming his way, along with the second driver (a relative) who did nothing but drive by as well.

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