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Letter: Gratitude From Accident Victim

The impact of crushing steel; the ringing sound of a relentless horn; the blast of an airbag protecting my shocked being from harm. Noise and chaos were plentiful on Plandome Road, but nothing spoke louder than the quiet compassion and remarkable kindness of the Port Washington residents, drivers and officers.


I am most humbled by the simple yet enormously meaningful acts of kindness I experienced that fateful Friday morning, July 31. Having left my Brooklyn home an hour prior, I was in unfamiliar surroundings at the time of the accident. Yet the foreign feeling was instantly replaced with reassurance and comfort as I was embraced by genuine concern and warmth the moment I exited my impacted vehicle.

Thank you to the anonymous driver following me who took the time to pull over and thoughtfully stayed, offering assistance until the officers arrived. Much appreciation to the homeowners at the accident scene who graciously opened their hearts and their home. Many thanks to the multitude of passersby and neighbors for offering a hand. To Rabbi Shalom Paltiel of Chabad of Port Washington, thank you for the support, guidance and inspiring words. It’s heartwarming to know you are only a phone call away for anyone in need. Most sincere gratitude to the noble officers who delicately handled the accident with combined professionalism and sensitivity.

It is with overwhelming appreciation that I thank the extraordinary community of Port for transforming the awful incident into a beautifully woven memory of compassion and humanity. I feel fortunate to have miraculously escaped harm’s way, by the immeasurable grace of God, and I am further grateful to have been amongst the incredible people of Port Washington during those vulnerable moments.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Shainy Blau