Kelly Salutes 101 For Sandy Work
For what he called the courage and skill they showed during and after Sandy, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly came to thank the members of the 101st Precinct and present a plaque to commemorate the work done in the command.
On May 30th Kelly saluted the men and women of the 101st Precinct for their work during what he called “one of the worst natural disasters in our city. Your work was superb,” said Kelly. “You put yourself at risk to rescue civilians and quite frankly other police officers.”
He added that in the days that followed Sandy “you patrolled the area, helped neighborhood groups give out much needed equipment, maintained order, and directed traffic when there were no traffic lights operating. And this was during a time when many of you were impacted by your own losses.”
Kelly recounted the story of approximately 20 officers who were trapped in the satellite office in the Beach 40s. The officers tried to get to the precinct on Mott Avenue, which is on higher ground, with the help of a barrier truck. But it became stuck in the surge forcing the officers to get out and try to make their way through the high waters by foot. Along the way they rescued several civilians stuck in their cars. Additional trucks were dispatched and the officers and civilians made it to the precinct safely.
“It’s our way of saying thank you. Not just for the great working during Sandy, but for the outstanding work you do on a day-to-day basis to keep Rockaway safe,” said Kelly about the plaque.
Of his officers, Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney said, “I’m proud of their efforts. They did a phenonmial job.”
The 100th Precinct was honored on May 22 for its work during Sandy. In total seven precincts will be recognized for their efforts during the storm.