2012-08-24 / Community

Paddlers Take To Jamaica Bay For Heroes Of 9/11, AA587


The paddlers take off for Breezy Point. The paddlers take off for Breezy Point. FDNY Squad 1 firefighters and the Friends of Tribute Park joined together on Saturday, August 18 for the first annual Stand Up paddling event ever held on the peninsula. Spearheaded by Dennis Farrell, a retired firefighter who served in the Rockaways for 21 years, the event launched in the rain from the boat ramp adjacent to Beach Channel High School.

From there, the current took them to the waters adjacent to Tribute Park on Beach 116 Street, where the 20 paddlers stopped to honor the heroes of 9/11 and Flight 587, with all proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Farrell, who also oversees the annual Uncle Ritchie Paddle for MS, has based past events on the memory of the medical struggles members of his family had to overcome, as well as his own love of stand up paddling.

After the Tribute Park prayer circle, witnessed by friends and family on the shore, the paddlers headed for Breezy Point.


The paddlers move out into Jamaica Bay from the boat launch adjacent to BCHS. Photos by Howard Schwach The paddlers move out into Jamaica Bay from the boat launch adjacent to BCHS. Photos by Howard Schwach They were then ferried back to Beach 116 Street, where everybody enjoyed lunch.



The paddlers were escorted all the way by an FDNY fireboat. The paddlers were escorted all the way by an FDNY fireboat.

Arriving at Beach 116 Street for a ceremony at Tribute Park. Arriving at Beach 116 Street for a ceremony at Tribute Park.

The paddlers formed a rough prayer circle. The paddlers formed a rough prayer circle.

Event coordinator Nadia Murphy (left) with some supporters. Event coordinator Nadia Murphy (left) with some supporters.

The paddlers were ferried back to Beach 116 Street for lunch. The paddlers were ferried back to Beach 116 Street for lunch.

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