Staten Island

August 14th, 2012

8-14-12Just a short 25 minute ferry ride from Manhattan, lies Staten Island. It was my 1st venture into this borough and I am happy to know I will be back a few more times in the coming month.
I paid a visit to the 120th Precinct, one of only three Precincts on this island, and found a very interested front desk Patrolman who is notifying Community Affairs to help spread my message.
The Heroes at Engine 155 Ladder 78 were a huge audience. It was an honor riding while wearing a shirt they gave me, bearing the name of Hero Lt. Robert J. Ryan Jr., one of their own, who lost his life in the line of duty nearly 4 years ago.
I caught up with the guys at Marine 9 on Staten Island in the lunchroom as they were finishing lunch. What a great bunch of stories we shared. They talk with pride of the boats that they work on during emergencies, on water and on the shore as far as their water guns will reach. They invited me back to visit every trip I make to this island. With the looks of what they had for lunch, I think I will show up to their “house,” right before noon.

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