2011-09-09 / Letters

Thanks 101 Precinct

Dear Editor,

Last week, as Hurricane Irene barreled (at 15 miles per hour) up the east coast of the United States, the people of the Rockaways were asked to evacuate our homes and head inland.

As we assembled our families and loaded our cars for the mass exodus from the coast, something dawned on us, who will watch our homes? As a relatively small little neighborhood in Queens, the people of Bayswater can always count on each other to keep a watchful eye on things. But what happens when those neighbors are gone as well.

When Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Michael LiPetri and Community Affairs Liaison, Kevin Campbell were asked this question, the answer was “We are working that out”.

What did that mean? Apparently it meant round the clock patrols and an increased police presence that was very obvious to all who were still around to witness it. (Since most of us had heeded the Mayor’s call to evacuate, those witnesses were exactly the people who needed to see it). You did not have to drive more than two blocks to see either a squad car or in some cases what looked like police officers driving there own vehicles keeping both our residents as well as property safe.

As the storm passed and we were allowed to return to our residences, two things became clear: our homes were still standing and for the most part, our property remained untouched. While we can thank anything from luck to God for the first thing, we can all agree to thank the 101st for the second.

Thank you to all in the 101 Precinct, your great work does not go unnoticed!!!


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