Monsignor John Brown Honored For Sandy Work
Monsignor John Brown, the former pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church was awarded for his contribution to the community after Hurricane Sandy. Monsignor Brown, along with Walgreens and the New York Mets, were all given the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience by the Department of Homeland Security.
In the aftermath, Monsignor John Brown of Belle Harbor, Walgreens drugstores and the New York Mets all worked tirelessly to help their communities recover from the storm. Under Monsignor Brown’s leadership, St. Francis de Sales Parish became the largest relief center on the Rockaway peninsula, providing hot food, medical care, mental health care, trauma counseling, clothing, cleaning supplies, pet food, veterinary care and more. At the height of the effort it served between 4,000 to 10,000 people per day.
“The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience recognizes outstanding response to a catastrophic incident and leadership in fostering resilient and prepared communities," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers. “The devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy impacted millions of families, and today many are still recovering from the storm. But this storm also produced many heroes who rose to the challenge and assisted those in need. The three recipients of this year’s award truly exemplify this spirit of resilience and strength, serving as models for communities across our nation.”
The Rick Rescorla National Award was created in 2011 for Richard "Rick" Rescorla, who on September 11, 2001 led a massive evacuation of Morgan Stanley's 2,700-person workforce located in the South Tower, saving the lives of all but six. After the 1993 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Rescorla regularly drilled his Morgan Stanley employees in disaster preparedness and response, especially evacuation, ensuring that employees knew how to evacuate and where to go on 9/11. Now the DHS gives an annual award for superior leadership and innovation by a nongovernmental individual or organization who exemplifies the qualities and achievements of Rick Rescorla, emphasizing leadership in effective preparation, response and recovery in the face of disasters.