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Letter: They Were There When We Needed Them

A good portion of recent network news has been about the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. It is one  year later and so many NY/NJ residents are still waiting for promised relief from this  natural disaster.  Neighborhoods were destroyed, life as they knew it changed…forever.

Fortunately, the Village of Floral Park weathered the storm better than most of Long Island.  I vividly recall driving throughout the village and walking through the streets of the West End, where I witnessed extreme damage.  Our public services: fire, police and public works were  running, despite Village wide power outages in excess of a week and gas lines reminiscent of the 1973 gas shortage,.

Despite the property damage we came out ahead of the storm; the fire department responded to a record number of calls,I witnessed  a police patrol every two or three blocks, and Public Works was out in force as well.  

The Floral Park Fire Department is 100 percent volunteer and whether it is a blizzard or a hurricance, the department  goes on 24-hour stand-bys based on weather related emergencies.  Our fire department members leave their families in order stay in their stations to protect their neighbors at the most vulnerable times.

The police department works 12 hour tours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and longer in a public emergency situation.  The Department of Public Works often works extended shifts and is always just a phone call away which makes a huge difference in mitigating emergencies.

I am’ not trying to make a political statement, I  just want  to thank our dedicated public servants, who are often unrecognized,  for the job they do everyday.   Our public servants  make this Village of  Floral Park, the place we all chose to live.

We are always in need of volunteers so please consider paying it forward and becoming a Floral Park volunteer firefighter and EMT.  There is no expense involved and iIt will most likely be the most rewarding sacrifice you’ll ever make.  Teenagers 14-18 years of age are also welcomed into our Fire Explorer Program where you will be trained in basic firefighting and first aid (EMS) skills.  Call the chief’s office at 516-326-6327 for an application. Upon applying to a company (we have five) you’ll be interviewed at home with your family, where all details will be explained and all your questions will be answered.

V.J. Brooks

Ex-Fire Chief

News

County sponsors Narcan training at high school

Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.

Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


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