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Cops save jet skiers caught in current off Rockaway Beach

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Two NYPD officers came to the rescue of a pair of jet skiers after they were swept up in a strong current near the Rockaways last weekend, according to police.

The trouble started when the male jet skiers, ages 21 and 28, ran out of gas Saturday night in the water off of Beach Ninth Street and Seagirt Boulevard, authorities said. They then got caught in the current.

Police Officer Matthew Carson of the 101st Precinct, who was assigned to a nearby foot post, heard the 911 call at about 8:45 p.m. to help the stranded men.

By the time the officer arrived, the current had carried the two men and their jet skis several blocks down the beach, according to police. One man was holding onto the jet ski while the other, who was adrift in the current, wore a loose life vest that was unable to properly keep him afloat.

“His hands were going up in the air as he was going under the water,” said Police Officer Christopher Carlino, who by that time had arrived at the scene with additional cops.

Carson decided he was going to enter the water to save the jet skiers and Carlino volunteered to go with him.

“I came to the conclusion that this one guy wasn’t going to make it to the shore. It was my gut instinct to go into the water and make sure this guy wasn’t going to drown,” Carson said.

Carson, guided by a flashlight held by officers standing on land, made his way out to the man who was floating alone, and pulled him close to the shoreline where Carlino grabbed him and brought him to safety, authorities said. Carson then went back in the water and retrieved the other man and the jet ski.

The jet skiers were “exhausted” but uninjured, according to police.


PHOTOS: Queens residents enjoy a fun ‘Night Out’ with New York’s Finest

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Promoting greater harmony between police and the people they serve, Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime brought thousands of Queens residents out to venues across the “World’s Borough” for family-friendly activities.

From Astoria to the Rockaway Peninsula, each Night Out event included free games and activities for children of all ages as well as refreshments, live music and other entertainment. Residents also had the opportunity to meet with the officers who serve their community and learn more about the NYPD’s various crime prevention programs.

Local elected officials, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, attended each gathering and presented proclamations to the precinct commanders. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who made the rounds at Night Out events across the city, stopped by the 113th Precinct’s Night Out in Springfield Gardens.

The National Night Out Against Crime, founded by the National Association of Town Watch, aims to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities. Millions of people across the U.S. and Canada were estimated to have participated in Night Out events Tuesday evening.


Queens cops among police union’s ‘Finest of the Finest’

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A Rockaway officer who gave his life rescuing fire victims in Brooklyn and two cops who stopped a hatchet-wielding attacker in Jamaica were among those saluted for bravery during the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s (PBA) Finest of the Finest award ceremony Thursday afternoon in Manhattan.

The PBA presented posthumous honors to the family of P.O. Dennis Guerra, a resident of Bayswater who died while attempting to make a rescue during an April 2014 arson fire at a Coney Island apartment house. Guerra’s partner, P.O. Rosa Rodriguez, accepted the award on his behalf.

“We are deeply saddened that Police Officer Dennis Guerra did not live to receive this honor in person but we are honored to have his family here today on his behalf,” said PBA President Patrick J. Lynch. “Those being honored today intervened in deadly crimes, saved the lives of adults and babies and put themselves in deadly situations to keep others safe.”

Police Officers Taylor Kraft and Peter Rivera of the 103rd Precinct were also recognized for stopping a lone-wolf terrorist who attacked fellow Police Officers Kenneth Healey and Joseph Meeker with a hatchet in Jamaica last October.

The four officers were posing for a photographer on Jamaica Avenue on the afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, when the assailant — Zale Thompson, who was later found to have terrorist ties — approached the officers while carrying a hatchet. Thompson struck Healey in the head, causing critical injuries, and Meeker in the arm.

Kraft and Rivera drew their firearms and fired 11 shots, killing Thompson. Healey and Meeker, both of whom survived their injuries, will also be honored at the PBA event.

Other officers honored at the PBA ceremony on Thursday include the following:

  • P.O. Joseph Esposito of the 114th Precinct, who confronted a suicidal, shotgun-wielding murder suspect — Jack Calvello, 86 — who killed his daughter at their Astoria home in April 2014. Esposito fatally shot Calvello after the suspect pointed the weapon at officers and refused to drop it.
  • Police Officers William Neville and David Hudson of the 101st Precinct, who stopped a gun-toting criminal who pointed his weapon at officers during a pursuit inside a Rockaway apartment building.


Meet the 114th Precinct’s new top cop

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Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney will draw on his close to 22 years of NYPD experience to lead the 114th Precinct on the right path.

“I’m looking forward to being here at the 114th Precinct, ultimately making it a better place for people to work and live,” Maloney said.

Maloney assumed his position on November 1 and is replacing Deputy Inspector Stephen Cirabisi, who served the 114th Precinct for more than three years and was recently assigned to the NYPD’s Office of the Chief of Department.

“The community has been very supportive, very receptive,” said Maloney. “Everyone has been very welcoming. I’m looking forward to working with them as we go forward.”

The 22-year NYPD veteran said he recognizes the precinct and previous commanding officer’s accomplishments in reducing crime and hopes to continue the trend.

“The 114th is on the right path. Their crime reduction this year is one of the top in the city,” he said. “We’ll continue to build on [that].”

Maloney plans to use his experience from his two years at the NYPD Housing Police Department to focus on reducing crime in the area’s three major public housing projects: the Astoria Houses, Woodside Houses and the Queensbridge Houses.

The new commanding officer is also aware the area has a large nightlife component, for which he plans to balance the concerns of residents and businesses to “make everyone happy as best we can.”

Maloney also plans to work with residents, community leaders and local elected officials to create connections within the neighborhoods.

Before accepting his current position, Maloney was the commanding officer of the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway for more than a year. He also served as the Queens Narcotics Group Captain and spent time at the 61st, 67th, 71st and 85th Precincts in Brooklyn.

The Deputy Inspector was formally welcomed at the 114th Precinct Community Council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 26 at Ricardo’s, located at 21-04 24th Avenue in Long Island City.

“Everybody speaks highly about the cops here,” he said. “I look forward to building a relationship and getting to know the people of Astoria.”



Police shoot, critically wound armed man in Far Rockaway

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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Police officers shot and critically injured a man in Far Rockaway early this morning, after officials said he aimed a weapon at cops.

The incident started when four officers responded to a 9-1-1 call for assault on the 3rd floor of the Beach 41st Street Houses at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive around 12:40 a.m.

The cops heard screams coming from the stairwell upon entering the building and saw a 25-year-old man with a gun, authorities said.

The officers told the man to drop the weapon, but he fled up the stairs, and then pointed the gun at the cops, according to the police.

One cop fired and struck the man in his torso, officials said, and the man was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he is still listed in critical condition. Officials recovered a 9mm Hi-Point model “C”gun at the scene. Charges are pending.

Two officers were also taken to local hospitals for minor injuries stemming from the confrontation.

The investigation is ongoing.



Off-duty cop shot in Jamaica

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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An off-duty police officer was shot Sunday night in Jamaica after intervening in a domestic violence dispute.

NYPD Officer Joseph Koch, who is assigned to the 101st Precinct, was leaving a party around 10:00 p.m., when he saw an 11-year-old boy run out of a house on South Road near Inwood Street, shouting that his mother was being assaulted inside, said police.

Koch entered the home, with his gun drawn, and was allegedly attacked by 40-year-old Jose Bernazard.

The two struggled for the officer’s weapon, and three shots were fired. Koch was shot once in the left hand, and Bernazard was shot once in the lower abdomen. The third shot did not strike anyone.

Koch and Bernazard were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where they remain in stable condition, said police.

The domestic violence victim who was injured during the initial dispute was also taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, where she was treated for a laceration to her head.

Bernazard has been charged with assault, criminal contempt, aggravated harassment, burglary, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest, police said Monday afternoon.

Updated Monday, June 17, 1:55 p.m.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 52. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 41. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

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