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Longtime Rockland Resident Theresa “Terry” Foiles, a Retired NYPD Sgt & Educator Passes Away from 9/11 Related Cancer

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It is with deep sadness we share the passing of longtime Rockland resident Theresa “Terry” Foiles, a retired NYPD Sgt & Educator from 9/11 related cancer.

Theresa “Terry” Foiles passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends on September 24th, 2023 after battling 9/11 related cancer, contracted from her time in Rescue and Recovery efforts at Ground Zero.

Born in the Bronx, New York on September 11th, 1957, Terry grew up with her seven brothers and sisters in Castle Hill and later Co-Op City. She attended Aquinas High School, Manhattan College (B.S.) and LIU (M.S.) She began her career at St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in the Bronx, where she taught young students for two years. She then answered another calling of hers and decided to follow in the footsteps of her Grandfather, Grandmother, Uncles, Cousins, and Brothers and joined the NYPD. She had an incredible 21 year career where she rose to the ranks of Detective and then Sergeant, while working across the Bronx and Manhattan. She was involved in numerous NYPD affiliated groups including the Emerald Society, Steuben Society, and Holy Name Society, along the way, making lifelong friends.

After retiring from the police department, she returned to her love of teaching and continued her career at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, New York where she taught History, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. Terry loved her time teaching at Maria Regina, where she helped shape the minds and trajectory of so many young women who she taught – she learned so much from them as well. Her wonderful colleagues became life-long friends of hers and were a constant source of support, continuously praying for her even in her final days.

In her spare time, Terry loved traveling the world. She also enjoyed summers on the Cape and LBI and spending time with her large family and many friends. She was an avid reader, Eucharistic Minister, and the family’s great historian.

Terry is survived by her seven siblings; Donald (Barbara), John (Pat), Debra (Neil), Chris (Marcy), Jimmy (Maria), Raymond (Agena) and Patricia (Michael); as well as her 21 nieces and nephews (Kerri, Kelli, Chrissy, Katie, Neil John, Kaitlyn, Danny, Sheena, Christopher, Ryan, Terrence, Anthony, Jimmy, Matthew, John, Elizabeth, Amanda, Megan, Erin, Matthew, and Kevin); and her 15 great-nieces and nephews.

A wake will be held Thursday, September 28th from 12pm – 4pm and 6pm – 9pm at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 29th at 1pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan, New York. In lieu of flowers, donation in Theresa’s name may be made to United Hospice Inc.

Terry was a longtime resident of the Town of Orangetown, our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. Every September 24th, there will be a post on the Rockland Report remembering Terry. We will never forget.

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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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