- President's Message :
As I write this, it is New Year's Eve, and I take a few minutes to reflect on the past year.
What a year it has been. It took the terrible events of 9-11-01 to make the public realize what we do out there. Unfortunately it took the deaths of 23 NYPD, 37 PAPD 2 FBI, 1 Secret Service and 343 FDNY heroes to get the public to look at us, not with scorn, but with the realization that these are the dangers we face daily and what our families must endure. More importantly, I have spoken to a lot of cops who were at the Towers that day, and many did what they did without ever thinking of the consequences. It is our families who take the time to think about our actions - We do what we are trained to do, and never really think about any of it until it is all over. As we sit back and reflect about the past year, take a minute and think about our families and what they go through daily. I remember being a young boy and several uniformed cops came to the door and told my mother that my father had been stabbed in the Line of Duty. A few years later, more uniformed cops came to the door and told my father that my uncle was shot in the Line of Duty.
We go about our jobs everyday, without much thoughts of what will happen to our families. We should take the time now and listen to our kids and spouses and hear what they have to say. I have always felt that it was our families that have the roughest job - we get the adrenalin rush and they get the aggrevation.
In short, it is now up to us to remember the families of the fallen heroes. As the year progresses we will be doing things to assist the families of the victims of the WTC Tragedy, so that their loved ones will not be forgotten. Six weeks ago my family and I went on our annual trip to Gettysburg, and my son and I stood at the National Cemetery and the words of Abraham Lincoln came rushing up to me "...that these honored dead shall not have died in vain".
On a happier note, the 1st Annual Christmas Party went off well. We even had some of the only snowfall that night. Tracy Bailey and Geoff Hawthorne did a great job with everything and the 20 couples had a great time. Make plans for next year.
The Lodge now is offering the Black WTC Breast Bar for the uniforms. They will be available at the meetings and will cost $3.50. We also have a flag cloisson with the shields of the PD and FD draped in a mourning band. These too, are also $3.50.
Lastly, remember stay safe and wear your vest.
To John Sullivan on his recent injury. John is presently at Horton Hospital recuperating, get well cards can be dropped off at the Legion.
To Frank and Bobby at Knight Investigation on the opening of their new office on Route 17M in Monroe.
Bullet Proof Vests:
As more and more of our members are retiring and no longer have the need for their vests, please remember the Lodge. We are collecting vests to be mailed to cops overseas. We could use more female vests, so let us know.
As you all know, the Board has been busy since 9-11-01. We have finally caught up on everything, and starting with the last issue of the newsletter, we have been sending out the renewals. We will probably do a seperate mailing for renewals. We have gotten a lot of inquiries about the applications, but they will be in the newsletter for the next few months, so sign up.
We are scheduled to have a sales representative from Verizon at the next two meetings to discuss the new Lodge Cell Phone Plan, so for those of you who have to re-sign their contracts, take the time to compare your contract with the Lodge's new plans.
We have been very busy contacting guest speakers for the upcoming meetings, and we will be advertising the speakers in the next few issues. We think you will be impressed with who we have contacted.
Again, this is your newsletter, whatever you would like to see printed please submit it. we will print anything from the members, pro or con. We will not practice censorship, just correct for spelling. We want to make this a newsletter that the readers, our members, look forward to.