President’s Message: December 2014

Welcome to December, the days are getting shorter and colder. It seems that another year is getting ready to pass us by.

I would personally like to congratulate my friend Joe McGarry on his election as Executive Vice President of the NYS FOP. Joe is a good man who is always there to help any police officer or family who needs help.

NYS FOP President Charlie Caputo has chosen to step down after 8 years to spend more time with his family. We want to commend Charlie for a job well done and offer his successor, Mike Essig, “Good Luck”.

Mary Murphy, PIX-11 reporter will be our special guest speaker at our December 4th meeting. Mary was the reporter who pointedly asked Mayor de Blasio when and how the city would recognize Patrolman Phil Cardillo for his sacrifice. Is it possible that Ms. Murphy’s courageous question initiated the decision to finally honor Patrolman Phil Cardillo ? Try to make the meeting so we can show Mary Murphy our appreciation.

Hopefully we will see you on the 4th. If not have a safe and happy holiday season. We’ll see you next year.

Please remember to bring a toy for a child.

Rich Petito

Cop of the month award November 2014

On Monday June 16th, 2014 Chief Martin Thompson of the Head of the Harbor Police Department was returning from a vacation to Ireland. He was accompanied by his family , including his daughter Colleen Thompson, a Deputy Sheriff in the Suffolk County Sheriffs’ Office. With his brother at the wheel of their vehicle the conversation was about the trip.

As they reached the exit from the Southern State Parkway they merged onto the Sagtikos Parkway northbound when they saw a 1994 Buick veer off the road and crash into some trees. Chief Thompson told his brother to stop the car and dial 911. Without hesitation Chief Thompson exited his vehicle and ran to the vehicle to render aid, with his daughter Colleen right behind him. Upon approaching the vehicle they observed an elderly man slumped over in the front seat. They immediately saw flames coming from the undercarriage of the vehicle and realized the seriousness of the situation. Deputy Thompson was able to enter the backseat of the vehicle and began to calm and reassure the victim help was on the way. The elderly occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Sam Parkins 85 yrs. old of Wyandanch, was reporting he was in severe pain and asked that he not be moved. Chief Thompson’s attempt to open the door was unsuccessful, he then found a large rock and broke the window , knowing that the victim had to be extricated as quickly as possible due the growing flames. At this point a retired NYC firefighter arrived on the scene and together all three first responders were able to lift the victim out of the flaming car to safety. Mr. Parkins was removed to Stony Brook Hospital with a broken pelvis, two broken legs and chest injuries.

There is no doubt the actions of Chief Thompson, his daughter Deputy Sheriff Colleen Thompson and the retired NYC firefighter saved the life of Mr. Parkins. Their quick decisive actions in spite of grave personal danger are a tribute to their bravery and devotion to duty , dedication to their community and compassion for others in time of need.
It is for these reasons the Long Island Shields are proud to name them as the cops of the month.