President’s Message – November 2014

On Wednesday October 1st, I was both privileged and proud to be invited to the dedication of the new Nassau Police Memorial. Due to the construction of this new impressive monument the ceremony was delayed from May until October 1st.

On Wednesday October 8th, I was invited by ARPO to a ceremony honoring Randy Jurgensen (Ret. Det. NYPD) for his persistent work in keeping the name of slain PTL. Phil Cardillo alive until Phil is properly recognized by the city of New York.

Don’t forget that Thursday, November 4th is Election Day. Please be sure to exercise your right to vote and support those candidates who are sympathetic to the police mission.

Now that the fall season is officially upon us our thoughts turn to our annual Children’s Holiday Party, which this year is will take place on December 7th at a new venue (The Coral House) in Baldwin. Details are in this edition of the Call Box on page 7. Mike and Noelle have once again promised a good time to all who attend. Gift baskets for this year’s raffle are always welcome. Success of this affair is dependent on your support.

Remember the meeting on November 6th is the start of our annual toy drive for children that are less fortunate. Please bring an unwrapped toy to our meeting.

Tuesday November 11th is Veterans Day, if you see a veteran remember to say “THANK YOU”.

Hope we see you at the November 6th meeting. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

“Nonsense of Brevity”

I saw the following information in an on-line news item. A newspaper headline called out: “Violinist linked to JAL crash blossoms.”

The sentence was intended to indicate that a certain musician’s career had flourished after a painful time following the plane crash which took the life of her father. The odd and unintended combination of “crash blossoms” actually confuses the reader and appears to be nonsense. The example quickly mutated into a term, which was soon picked up by John McIntyre, a retired copy editor (Baltimore Sun) and teacher at Loyola of Maryland since 1995.

The Columbia Journalism Review has been on the “crash-blossom” case a long time, inspiring laughter with such gems as “Lawmen from Mexico Barbecue Guests,” “Genetic Engineering Splits Scientists,” “Milk Drinkers Turn to Powder”, “War Dims Hopes for Peace,” “Greeks Fine Hookers,” “Prostitutes Appeal to Pope,” and “Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant.”
It just got me thinking how many “in- house” expressions there are which people use, rarely comprehending how confusing or even nonsense-like they might sound to others.

For example, consider “Have Faith.” If faith is a gift, how can anyone be commanded to have it? Or, how about the gambit, “Brother – are you saved?” What response is being sought by such a quiz? – Approval by some pop-up judge? Is the question comprehensible?

Even favorite Bible verses, quoted out of context, can sound meaningless to all but the people who are familiar with a lot more than a few words and phrases. The famous placard held up before dozens of football fans on the 50- yard line (and effectively blocking their view just when the best action on the field is finally nearest to them!) either says “John 3:16” or prints it out, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I admire the zeal of the attempted evangelist, but I am curious as to how many people, reading that for a first time at a ball game, would ever find meaning in it. Does not such brevity of word most effectively inspire derision instead of heart-felt persuasion?

I like the one-liner attributed to St. Francis of Assisi – “Preach the Gospel Always: When Necessary, Use Words.” Living a moral and decent life declares more effectively the spirit of true faith than many words.

It was Paul the apostle who preferred to speak five words intelligently than thousands of words in strange “tongues”. [I Cor. 14:19] And St. Augustine advised, “Love God and do what you please.” [It’s a catchy way of using the Latin language structure to attract attention, surprise, and insight: the words say literally “Love God and do what pleases you.” With a proper spirit, the things that please are far from the libertine’s “Do whatever you want!”]

As we project the care and concern of faith, we challenge ourselves on the effectiveness of our transmission techniques, lest we fall into so many crash blossoms! Speak the love of God and lead the neighbor to give God the praise; lead them into the very heart of thanksgiving!

Chaplain JGAnderson

Police Officer of the Month, June 2014

On Saturday March 19th, 2014 Police Officers Michael Konatsotis a 17 year veteran and David Roussine a 2 year veteran of the NYPD currently assigned to the 30 Pct., were reassigned to fly into the 19th Pct. for the day, due to staffing shortage in the 19th PCT. The day tour was quiet until a mid afternoon radio run was assigned to them regarding an aided case of an infant with difficulty breathing.

At approximately 1421 hrs. the officers were dispatched to 207 East 74th St. to investigate the aided case. Upon their arrival at that location they met in front of the building by residents of the building and the parents of the child, all of the people were excited and extremely concerned for the welfare of the child as she had apparently stopped breathing on her own.

The officers quickly assessed the situation and determined immediate action was necessary to save the childs life , without hesitation they quickly placed the child in their RMP and proceeded to the hospital. With PO Konatsotis in the back performing chest compressions and giving mouth to mouth resuscitation and PO Roussine at the wheel , not a moment was wasted to save this childs life. Upon arrival at Cornell Hospital Center, the child began to breathe on her own.

The child was identified as Norah Schecter female 15 months old DOB 11/19/12 of 207 E. 74 St., daughter of Jason and Diane Schecter of the same address.

The aided was treated and released with no apparent damage or serious problems.

The professional manner in which these officers responded to this situation is to be commended. Their quick assessment of the condition of the aided , her age and the dire consequences if she had not been revived as quickly as she was were factors the officers used to make the decision to transport themselves, rather than wait for an ambulance.

The actions of these officers, in quickly assessing the condition of the and then rendering aid and transporting the child to the hospital no doubt saved her life.

Their professionalism , intelligent actions and cool and calm demeanor bring credit to themselves, the 30 Pct. , the New York City Police Dept. and the entire law enforcement community.

For these reasons the Long Island Shields are proud to recognize PO Michael Konatsotis and PO David Roussine as the Police Officers of the month.

2014 Scholarship Winners

The following are the Shields 2014 scholarship winners

  • Douglas Toledo, attending Stony Brook University
  • Christopher Greer, attending Adelphi University
  • Lara Oliva, attending Nassau Community College
  • Riley Lestings, attending Stony Brook University
  • Kelly O’Keefe, attending Suffolk Community College
  • Jessica Lanning, attending Mt. St. Mary College

President’s Message – September 2014

Welcome Back! I hope that you and your family members had an enjoyable and safe summer.

I wish to thank Patti McDonald, the wife of Detective Steven McDonald for assisting us in getting Steven as our guest speaker at our June meeting. Steven’s talk was inspirational and held our guests attention. His strength and fortitude is so admirable, but the fact that he chose to forgive the individual who shot him is amazing. We would also like to thank Steven for giving us copies of the book “Why Forgive?” in which there is a chapter written about his shooting.

Speaking of books, Ret. LT. (NYPD) has published his 3rd a trilogy; A Letter to Ballyturan.

To our latest scholarship winners. Congratulations, keep in touch and let us know how your next step in the educational process is doing.

Please note the location of our September 18th at The Coral House in Baldwin. This change was made to accommodate members living in the city and western Nassau.

Let us know what you think. We hope you like it.

Hope we see you on Sept 18th
Richie Petito

Chaplain’s Corner, July 2014

Terms of Endearment

Last month’s Chaplain’s piece by Fr. Joe reminded us of the blessedness of a bridge-builder, one who could make it possible to reestablish communication with someone from whom we’d become estranged. That story brought back to my memory a Newsday article [Tuesday, June 25, 2002, page A12] that said: “Abby Has Nothing to Say.” “Pauline Phillips, better known by her nom de plume of Abigail Van Buren, will not comment publicly on the death of her twin sister and fellow columnist, Esther Lederer, better known as Ann Landers. …After an unflattering 1958 Life magazine profile in which each spoke poorly about the other, the two did not speak for a decade.”

What is this?… twin sister advice doyennes were unable to communicate with each other? It surely had to cause questions to arise about the depth or expertise of their rendered advice – if they couldn’t be civil to each other. And it seems to matter not at all who might have been “right” or “wrong” in any particular exchange of comments. The turning away from kin is striking in its sad power to overshadow whatever good might otherwise have been done through years of assisting others regarding interpersonal relations.

But what an opposite effect came forth from a tribute written by Ann Landers’ niece, Jeanne Phillips (aka Dear Abby). She called her “Aunt Eppie” a woman of courage, integrity and loyalty… not only beautiful… (but) caring and generous. She sketched out a few brief recollections that revealed her aunt’s dealings with her in the most positive tones. She spoke like a dear family member and, in doing so, became a force for good, uprightness, honor and respect. The result of her efforts was grace and genuine affection.

It strikes me that there’s incredible power in the word lovingly spoken. Almost irrespective of “right-ness” or “accuracy,” the gracious and respectful utterance – transfigures the writer or speaker from whom it comes. Suddenly we think better of one who had been incapacitated by hurts or offences, rendered culturally enfeebled, less-than-that of which she had had the potential. The goodness of a niece makes the aunt somehow dearer, the offensiveness of a decade of non-communication less detracting. We are freed up to say that we will miss the one who gave the best advice she was capable of rendering. We liked the way Ann Landers helped so many people.

Is this perhaps a hint of the incalculable effectiveness of the Lord’s advocacy of our causes? If a human niece can do such good, how much greater is the pleading of our case before the company of heaven by the Holy One, our God? Makes one to really want to say… or write… or think the words that build up, encourage, and humanize the people around us whose lives we touch, eh?

In the name of the One who calls us “”Dear Ones,”

Chaplain James G. Anderson


Police Officer of the Month, June 2014

On Sunday March 31, at approximately 02:23 AM, Police Officer Robert Florie in RMP 322 received a radio assignment for a man found bleeding in the street. Upon his arrival, the victim was found with his right thumb partially severed from his hand, and deep multiple slash wounds to his head and face from what appeared to be a machete attack. As the investigation unfolded, two additional victims were found with the following injuries, one with a deep laceration to the front of his head, and the other had a deep laceration to his left arm, which is also believed to be broken. A witness was located and pointed out a group of three men, consisting of the defendants Miguel Flores, Jose Hernandez, and a currently unknown third subject. Officer Florie attempted to stop and question the three male subjects but they ran off. He gave chase and after a brief foot pursuit, Officer Florie was able to place defendant Flores into custody.

A perimeter was established and Officer Costleigh, a K9 Officer, along with his service animal “Gehrig” located the second defendant Hernandez. The third subject remains at large. The victims were removed to NUMC.

Officer Florie’s keen observations resulted in the arrest of the defendants who was charged with violation of PL 125.25 Attempted Murder, PL 120.10 Assault 1st, PL 120.07 Gang Assault 1st and PL 265.02 Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd. The Police Officer of the Month Committee is proud to name Police Officer Robert Florie as the Police Officer of the Month of the Shields Long Island.

President’s Message, June 2014

I will start this message by extending my sincere thanks to the 25+ Shields members and friends who volunteered their time and efforts assisting us decorating the veteran’s graves at Long Island National Cemetery. Unfortunately I can’t say the same when it came to the Nassau County Games for the Physically Challenged. I would like to thank John Mifsud and his co-workers from the FBI for their continued support on Fridays, and the officials of the Nassau ASA Umpires Association once again for their help on Saturday, also thanks to the 7 Shields members who assisted us at Mitchel Field. Needless to say, I was disappointed by the lack of Shields member’s participation.

Our next meeting on Thursday, June 19 will be special, as we recognize the recent Scholarship winners. Please come out and show them that you care; they are the future of this great country. Good job by Luke Johnson as Scholarship Chairman.

If we don’t see you please take care, and have a healthy and safe.

Remember to proudly fly our flag. God bless America!