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