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Metro-North derailment victim remembered at Queens funeral


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Metro-North derailment victim Kisook Ahn was a dedicated nurse who was driven to pursue her career in America because of her love for an autistic nephew, said mourners at her funeral on Saturday.

The funeral for Ahn was held Saturday morning at  Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, in Woodside, where the 35-year-old was a member.

Ahn was coming home after she had finished the night shift as a registered nurse at Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center in Ossining, N.Y. when she lost her life in the Dec. 1 train accident.

Those in attendance at the service included friends, fellow parishioners as well as Ahn’s brother and brother-in-law who flew in from her native South Korea Wednesday.

Following the funeral, her brother Jin-Won Ahn, speaking through a translator and holding a photo of his sister in her gap and gown, said she “came here to pursue her dreams.”

He described his sister as a caring and loving aunt. Jin-Won said she came to America to study nursing because his eight-year-old son has autism and she wanted to learn more about it.

“[My sister] promised to me,” he said.

Jin-Won also said that is the reason she worked at Sunshine Children’s Home, where she provided care for medically complex children.

Ahn’s brother holds a photo of his sister following her funeral.

Ahn arrived in the U.S. from South Korea in 2008 as part of Lehman College’s exchange program with Sungshin Women’s University. In 2009, she completed an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing and received a master’s degree in the school’s family nurse practitioner program in 2012.

Catherine Alicia Georges, chair of Lehman College’s nursing department and a former teacher of Ahn, who attended the funeral, said Ahn “exemplified everything we wanted to see in a graduate.”

“[She was] somebody who was humanistic, who thought critically, who really cared about people regardless of where they come from. And that’s how we want to remember her as a truly dedicated and professional nurse,” said Georges.

In memory of her, the Lehman College Foundation and Perfect Choice Staffing, which was sponsoring Ahn for permanent residency, has established The Kisook Ahn Fund for Korean Nurses at Lehman College, which will help nursing students at the school.

Checks should be made out to “Lehman College Foundation/Kisook-Ahn” and sent to: Lehman College Foundation, Shuster Hall 310, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468.

Jin-Won said he “was deeply impressed” by all the people, including co-workers and classmates, who came to the funeral Saturday.

The family plans on having a funeral service for Ahn in South Korea after bringing her cremated remains there, said Jin-Won.

When asked if he was planning to file legal action against the MTA, Jin-Won said he is “consulting with a few lawyers.”

 

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Funeral set for Woodside woman killed in Metro-North derailment


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Services will be held in Queens for one of the victims killed in Sunday’s Metro-North train derailment.

Kisook Ahn, a 35-year-old Woodside resident, had just finished the night shift as a registered nurse the morning of December 1 when the passenger train she was riding in derailed in the Bronx, killing her and three others.

A wake for Ahn will take place Friday at the Central Funeral Home of New York, located at 136-25 41st Avenue in Flushing, at 8 p.m., according to Sheldon Meikle, international director at Perfect Choice Staffing, which was sponsoring Ahn for permanent residency.

The following day a funeral will be held at Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, located at 58-02 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, at 10:30 a.m., where, Ahn, who was a devout Christian, was a parishioner, said Meikle.

Ahn’s brother and brother-in-law flew in from South Korea on Wednesday, said Meikle. She is also survived by a twin sister, he said.

According to Meikle, Ahn arrived in the U.S. from South Korea  in 2008 as part of Lehman College’s exchange program with Sungshin Women’s University. In 2009, she completed an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing and received a master’s degree in the school’s family nurse practitioner program in 2012.

“We are completely stunned and saddened by today’s news,” said Catherine Alicia Georges, chair of Lehman College’s nursing department. “Kisook was a model student, who did well in both her undergraduate and graduate programs.”

In memory of Kisook Ahn, Perfect Choice Staffing has established The Kisook Ahn Fund for Korean Nurses at Lehman College., according to Meikle.

Checks should be made out to “Lehman College Foundation/Kisook-Ahn” and sent to: Lehman College Foundation, Shuster Hall 310, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468.

In addition to the four killed, of the approximately 150 people aboard, dozens were injured when the seven-car train, coming from Poughkeepsie and heading to Grand Central Terminal, jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and MTA.

At a press briefing, the NTSB said the locomotive was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, according to preliminary information from the train’s event recorders.

Speed was a contributing factor in the crash, but the NTSB said it did not know at this time if the accident was due to human or equipment error.

The agency said results from the crew alcohol breath tests were all negative, but results of drug tests are still pending.

It also said that based on data, there was no indication that the brakes were not functioning properly on the train.

The NTSB said that it has removed the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) as “a participant in its investigation” into the derailment, citing a press conference and media interviews in which Anthony Bottalico, general chairman of ACRE “discussed and interpreted information related to the ongoing investigation.”

Bottalico, according to published reports, said that the engineer, William Rockefeller, nodded off right before the derailment.

A lawyer for the engineer has said he was in a hypnotic-like “daze” before he noticed something was wrong and hit the brakes, according to published reports.

 

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