Rockaway, Queens, NY

August 19th, 2012

8-19-12Rockaway is a section of Queens that is a narrow peninsula which jets out into the Atlantic Ocean. I conveniently arrived by subway and then rode The Kindness Bicycle to the five Firehouses and two Police Precincts along it’s length.
My first stop was to the Firehouse on Mott Avenue and the 101st Precinct around the corner. “How’d you get all the way out here,” I was asked at the Firehouse. To their amazement, I said I came via Santa Monica, California.
Lieutenant Pasquel at the 101st Precinct said today was the first “thank you” she has heard in 18 years. Sergeant Barry said she agreed that they don’t hear thank yous on the job. It is a sad state of affairs that the men and women who protect us aren’t greatly appreciated.
Mark, a Lieutenant, was filling in at the Rockaway Beach Boulevard Firehouse.
He talked with me at length about his years with the FDNY and wanted to know all about my ride.
The entire crew at the Cross Bay Boulevard Firehouse in Howard Beach were thrilled I stopped by and helped me with some direction changes to get me back to my “home base” before dark.

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