2013-05-24 / Community

Commissioner Kelly Honors 100th Precinct

By Dan Guarino

Recognizing their exemplary efforts before, during and after Hurricane Sandy, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly came to honor the men and women of Rockaway’s 100th Precinct.

More than 120 officers, in dress uniforms, attended a special ceremony held outside the precinct where Kelly presented a plaque to Captain Craig Adelman and Deputy Inspector Scott Olexa on Wednesday, May 22nd.

Adelman and Olexa are respectively the current and former 100th Precinct commanders.

Recounting the terrible images stayed with many from throughout the storm and its aftermath, Kelly said, “but we also have the images of police officers standing up to serve …under hellish conditions.”

“Six people,” he said, “were pulled out of the water, right in front of this station house…including a senior citizen and their dog.”

He also talked about officers wading through chest high water, filled with floating debris to rescue people, reaching stranded news crews and braving down electric lines and high winds to get to stranded residents.

Kelly also spoke of the enormous work officers did after the storm, setting up a temporary command in the Beach 94th Street parking lot when their own station house was damaged.

He noted how they kept order, directed traffic and emergency crews, provided a secure presence and even helped with relief efforts.

When the MTA deemed conditions too dangerous to run transportation through to the Rockaways and Broad Channel, the precinct established their own shuttle to get personnel in and out of the peninsula.

“Members of this command,” said Kelly “did not let up.”

Most of all, he noted, these dedicated men and women did this while many of their own homes were damaged or destroyed and their own lives were put into turmoil by the hurricane.

The plaque bestowed by the Commissioner read, in part, “Certificate of Outstanding Achievement presented to the Members of the 100th Precinct. …Your courage and skill reflect proudly on every member of the department.”

Also attending the ceremony were Chief of Department Philip Banks III, Patrol Borough Queens South Assistant Chief James Secreto and other high ranking police officials, Councilman Donovan Richards, Councilman Eric Ulrich, 100th Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo, Community Board 14’s Noreen Ellis and other community and civic leaders.

“They deserve this,” said Ruscillo, “they really do.”

Officers and guests sat down to enjoy a catered lunch afterwards under tents provided by the New York City Parks Department.

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