2013-10-25 / Letters

Quiet Hero Helped

Dear Editor:

During this awful period of our lives an angel named Paul Mallon from upstate Poughquag, New York, arrived in Rockaway every day for months and set up his own coffee/food stand on Beach 129th Street near Bullock’s Gas Station. There was absolutely no charge; it was just his way of helping out total strangers in our devastated community.

Mr. Mallon arrived every day, along with his neighbors and family. He trav- eled three hours each day to set up each morning. I know it took him more than three hours to get home each day. (During this time it took us over an hour to get over the bridge to Brooklyn each night). He never said a word, just continued to show up every day. When his neighbors from Poughquag found out what he was doing they donated supplies as well.

When he first came to Rockaway a couple of days after the Hurricane he set his tent up by St. Francis DeSales and immediately realized this was not where he needed to be. (This is a story in itself which I prefer not to elaborate on at this time).

He decided to set up his coffee/food station further down the block on Beach 129th Street. He arrived every morning by 6 a.m., set up his tent, emptying his pick-up truck of all his personal camping gear and began cooking and serving anyone who needed a hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate, rolls, cake etc. in the morning and chili-dogs in the afternoon.

He was our savior each and every day. As the days progressed and got colder, he blessed us with hot chili, frankfurters, sandwiches and again warm coffee.

In addition to bringing food, whenever possible, he would also bring gasoline for our generators. I have enclosed some pictures I took before he closed shop. I am thankful for the Mr. Mallon; he is a quiet giant, all heart, no fanfare.

How lucky was Rockaway to have such wonderful volunteers during our time of need. All the groups that volunteered along with individuals such as the Mallon family should never be forgotten. They are true heroes.

If anyone would like to send the Mallon family a personal thank you, feel free to contact me for their address. God

Bless America and

The Mallon Family.

SUSAN BRADY

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