THE 18TH ANNUAL GRAYBEARDS
DINNER DANCE & FUNDRAISER
Recognizing Excellence in Community Volunteerism
Saturday, Jan 26th, 2019
El Caribe Country Club, Brooklyn, N.Y. @ 8:30p
"Tom Ryan Memorial Award"
FRIENDS OF TRIBUTE PARK
Celebrating their Commitment to Remembering our Neighbors and Beautifying our Community.
This waterfront park in "The Rockaways" serves as a tribute to those in the neighborhood who died because of the attacks of September 11. The park is scenic and quiet, a lovely spot for visitors and community members to stop and reflect, and to find peace.
Tribute Park was an empty lot on September 11, 2001. The Twin Towers were visible from the spot, and hundreds of local residents stood here and watched the tragedy unfold. With help from the community, this serene park was built to commemorate the day. It includes a mosaic centerpiece, a cupola, and a granite rock engraved with the names of all 343 firefighters who died on September 11. The intention was to provide a place where community members can reflect on their lost loved ones and find comfort to move on with their lives.
Everybody agreed that the perfect site was a triangle on the bay at Beach 116 Street, an empty lot belonging to the city's Parks Department. Park was dedicated on November 6, 2005, after a lot of hard work.
"Don D.H. Hart Memorial Award"
EDWARD K. VALENTINE
Celebrating 40 years of service in the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department
Edward Kenny Valentine was born April 19, 1955 in Brooklyn. He moved to Breezy Point with his family when he was just two years old. He attended St. Francis De Sales grammar school and continued his education at Far Rockaway High School, graduating in 1973. During his senior year of high school Ed became a member of the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department. Ed took a leave of absence when he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Medical Corpsman, being assigned to the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CV67. He served in the Navy for three years active duty and three years reserve.
After his time in the service, he attended Essex County Community College in Newark, N.J. and studied Para medicine. He became an Emergency Medical Technician in 1978.
He put his medical training to use as an Emergency Room Technician at Peninsula Hospital Center, from 1978-1993, while also beginning his career in 1980 as an EMT with the New York City Emergency Medical System which is now FDNY EMS.
In Ed’s career in the medical field, he delivered 57 babies and had numerous CPR saves. Ed spent time at Ground Zero during the recovery efforts and was also on the scene during the plane crash of flight 587 in Belle Harbor in 2001.
Ed has two children, Michael 38, who is an FDNY Firefighter and Jeannine 35, who is a Sunrise Advantage Plan Specialist with Sunrise Senior Living.
Ed retired from FDNY EMS in 1998. Since he was retired he was able to donate much of his time to the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department. He worked his way up in rank from Lieutenant of Rescue Company to Captain of Rescue Company and also held a position as Lieutenant in Fire Company. In 2000, he was elected to Deputy Chief of Operations and then in 2002 was elected Chief of Department. Ed was the longest running consecutive Chief in the Departments history. He served as Chief of Department until 2013.
Although Ed stepped down as Chief he didn’t take much of a break as he remains an active member of the department which averages 600 emergency calls a year. He is also a member of the RPFD Board of Advisers.
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