EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
I come from a family with a long history of service to the City of New York. My Grandfather was a mounted Police Lieutenant, My father retired as the 9th precinct Squad Commander and my husband is going on 6 years of service to the NYPD. Additionally, my father in law is a retired NYC Firefighter who served 19.5 years with Ladder 59.
I will never forget the feeling that I had on August 30th of 2014 when my husbands [then] partner called me late at night to let me know that he had been seriously injured while at work, that he was unconscious and that him and a fellow officer pulled him from a disorderly crowd, placed him in the back of a police car and rushed him to the hospital. That was the only information I was given on that call and I remember literally punching myself in the chest to force myself to take a breath because I really felt as though I couldn’t breathe. It was then that I realized just how viable the risks that these men and women face every day are. I feel so fortunate that he was able to make a full recovery and we now have a beautiful baby boy who was born in June of 2015.
I know that the families that Answer the Call commits to supporting were not as fortunate and for them that call was their worst fear realized. I know that nothing will ever take away the heartache and pain of losing the person we love most but we owe it to them to do anything that we can to help. The mission of this organization really resonates with me and there is no cause that I can think of that could give me more motivation or inspiration than this. I am honored to run on Team Answer the Call.