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9/11 Retired Firefighter Bob Beckwith Stood Beside President Bush in This Iconic Ground Zero Picture Has Passed Away

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FF Bob Beckwith, from Baldwin, New York, was 69 years old and retired for seven years after serving with the FDNY for three decades when on Sept. 14, 2001, he raced to Ground Zero to help with the search and rescue efforts. This iconic moment with President Bush at Ground Zero on 9/11 helped rally the nation during this dark time and served as a symbol for first responders everywhere. He inadvertently became a part of history with his picture plastered across newspapers and TV screens all over the world. This picture made it onto the cover of Time magazine.
It is with deep sorrow the Uniformed Firefighters Association announces the passing of FF Bob Beckwith of L164. Bob is one of the heroes of 9/11 who stood tall for America, New York City and all New Yorkers, he spent many hours searching for the members we lost on that fateful day in 2001. A man of true dignity and is beloved by the UFA and the department for all of his sacrifice. Bob was 91 years old.

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Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Chief of Detectives Peter Walker Retires after 30 Years of Law Enforcement Service

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Chief of Detectives Peter Walker retires after 30 years of law enforcement service. Chief Walker started his career with the NYPD in 1994, patrolling the streets of the Bronx while assigned to the 48th Precinct.

In December of 1999, Chief Walker was hired as a patrol officer with the Clarkstown Police Department. He was selected to become the department’s Public Information Officer, building an incredibly strong bond between the community and the police department.

In May of 2018 he was promoted to Detective. During his tenure with the Clarkstown Police Department he was assigned to numerous details, including a member of the Critical Incident Response Team as a police sniper, field training officer, department’s budget assessment team, and Supervisor of the department’s Records Department. He also served in many roles in the Clarkstown PBA.

He retired from the Clarkstown Police Department in January of 2020 when he was appointed as the Chief Criminal Investigator of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. He oversees approximately 30 investigators and support staff and acts as the liaison to all outside police agencies to ensure the District Attorney’s Office is working effectively and efficiently with its partners.

Chief Walker served honorably in the United States Navy for 26 years retiring as a Chief Petty Officer.

Photo by Rockland County District Attorney’s Office

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VIDEO: Fire Departments Across Rockland County Respond to Structure Fire at the Slinn Ave Apt Complex in Spring Valley

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SPRING VALLEY, NY – Fire Departments from across Rockland County responded to a structure fire around 5:30 am on Sunday at the Slinn Ave Apt Complex located at 63 West Street in Spring Valley. This is a developing story and we will update this article when more information is available.

Video by Rockland Buff

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