President’s Message, February 2008

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a healthy and safe holiday. Now is the time to think of 2008 as it pertains to the Shield’s.

First, I would like to close 2007 business by thanking Mike Villa and his committee for a fine and successful Children’s Christmas Party. The kids were entertained from start to finish and thanks to Bob Forrester, Santa even made an appearance.

The applications for our 2008 scholarships are in this edition of the Call Box. Please fill them out and get them in ASAP if your child is eligible.

Speaking of scholarships, I would be remiss if I didn’t Thank Lt. Dennis Klein, Ret. Det. Laurie Molloy, Tim Motto, and the members of the 28Pct. for their continuous support of the Phil Cardillo Memorial Scholarship. I would also like to Thank Charlie Moran and the players in the 2008 Massapequa “Schmo Bowl” for their generous support of the Joan Petito Special Child Scholarship. They have played this game on Super Bowl Sunday every year since Joan passed away.

Membership Chairman, Lloyd Thomason reports that the 2008 dues are coming in at a good pace, and the raffle tickets @ $5 each or 3 for $10 are also doing well. The drawing will be held at the June meeting.

I am glad to report that once again this year we will be running a Dinner/Dance in conjunction with FOP Lodge #317 on Friday April 25th. Details are on page 7 of this Call Box. Emile Stucchio and The Classics will be the featured entertainment. Proceeds will be shared with 3 worthwhile organizations. Join us for a great time and support 3 fine organizations.

Hope we see you February 28th. Be careful and wear your vest. Keep in your prayers the men and women defending our freedoms every day.

Fraternally,
Rich

Police Officers of the Month, February 2008

The Shields Of Long Island are proud to name Police Officer Robert Florie of the Third Precinct Nassau County Police Department as our Police Officer of The Month.

Police Officer Florie was performing a night tour when he received a radio notification of a possible house fire. Upon arrival at the location, Officer Florie observed a working house fire with a woman outside screaming that people were trapped inside the house.

Officer Florie observed smoke billowing from the ground floor windows and quickly assessed the situation. He requested additional units to respond to assist him.

Officer Florie didn’t hesitate, he ran towards the front door entering the residence. Upon entry the Officer was met with thick acrid smoke and intense heat. The conditions afforded nearly zero visibility.

He continued into the home and began calling out for victims. The smoke and heat grew in intensity, causing Officer Florie to cautiously make his way through to the interior of the house.

He was successful in locating two people inside the structure, whom he then guided outside to safety via the rear door. Once outside with the victims Officer Florie was advised that a third person was in the basement of the house.

Officer Florie re-entered the now fully engulfed house and found his way down to the basement where he was successful in finding the third victim. Because of the heavy smoke condition Officer Florie was experiencing difficulty breathing which necessitated he receive assistance from responding Officers. The victims he rescued were being escorted away from the house and also receiving care for their injuries.

The Fire Department had arrived and conducted a complete search of the residence that revealed no other inhabitants.

Officer Florie was transported by ambulance to Nassau University Medical Center where he was treated for smoke inhalation and held overnight for observation.

To honor Police Officer Florie’s courageous actions which he undertook to save human lives, knowing that he was exposing himself to a grave risk of imminent serious personal injury through the inhalation of toxic smoke that could of easily rendered him unconscious and unable to escape: The Shields of Long Island are proud to name Police Officer Robert Florie of the Third Precinct, Nassau County Police Department, as our Police Officer of the Month.