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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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CPD Would Like To Remind Everyone Of The Dangers Of Leaving Children Or Pets In Hot Vehicles

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On July 16, 2024, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Clarkstown Police Department received a call stating that a young child had been locked in a vehicle on a day when temperatures reached 98 degrees at Costco, 50 Overlook Blvd., in Nanuet.
The first arriving officer came upon the vehicle, where he was met by the father, who stated his son was locked in his vehicle. The officer, observing the child in the back seat and, at this time, not being able to determine how long the child was in the car, took immediate action and broke the vehicle window. The child was alert and conscious when he was removed from the vehicle. In doing so, he was able to safely remove the child, who was then quickly turned over to Nanuet Community Ambulance and Rockland Paramedic personnel that were on scene. The child was then transported to Montefiore Nyack Hospital for further evaluation. The child was inside the vehicle for approximately 15 minutes prior to being rescued.
Upon further investigation by the officer, it was determined that the father had returned to his vehicle to retrieve his wallet. While doing so, he placed the child in the backseat while he searched the trunk. The father closed the trunk and quickly realized that he had locked his son inside the vehicle. After futile attempts to gain entry to the vehicle, he ran to get help. We would like to thank all of the bystanders on scene, who offered assistance during this event. There was deemed to be no criminality in this incident.
The Clarkstown Police Department would like to remind everyone of the dangers of leaving children or pets in hot vehicles. On warm days, the temperature inside a car can rise by 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes, and children can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than adults, making them particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. In 2021, 23 children tragically lost their lives due to heat-related deaths in vehicles in the U.S. Pets, too, face serious health risks from heat exhaustion. Please help keep our community safe by never leaving children or pets alone in vehicles, even for a short time, and if you see someone in distress, contact emergency personnel immediately.

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Are You Passionate About Serving Your Community And Making A Positive Impact?

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Applications are now being accepted for the Rockland County Police / Patrol Officer Exam. They are having two information sessions:
Monday, July 22, at the Central Nyack Community Center
58 Waldron Avenue
Central Nyack, NY 10960
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 23rd, at the Pascack Community Center
87 New Clarkstown Road
Nanuet, N.Y. 10954
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Feel free to stop by and learn about the exciting opportunities that they have! If you are ready to start an exciting career, you must first apply for the written exam, for further details on how to apply and the specific application requirements, please visit the following link: https://www.rocklandcountyny.gov/…/police-patrol
For more information on this event or to apply, click on the link: https://www.clarkstown.gov/police/recruitment/
The last day to apply is Wednesday, August 14, 2024.

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