I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! It was nice to get together with family and be able to focus on the things that are the most important to us. It’s also a great time to remind everyone that the deadline to submit applications for the Tim Finn Scholarship Awards is May 1st, 2021. Please remember that in order to qualify for a scholarship the recipient must be a high school senior and must be a child of a Rockland County Shields member in good standing. The application must arrive in the Shields PO Box by noon on May 1st.
We are doing very well with the 300 club raffle. If they do not all sell out by May 6th, I will open it up to non-Shields members. So please come to a meeting or reach out to any executive board member if you’re interested in buying a ticket. Tickets are $100 each and you can bring a guest to the party for $50. The drawing will be held at the party on June 6th at noon on the deck at the Haverstraw Elks.
Something that we are all aware of and seldom speak of is the rising rate of suicide among law enforcement officers. The tragic suicide death of Denis Mullaney, the CO of the 107th pct., is the latest example of how stressful our jobs can be. We need to reach out to friends and co-workers that may appear to be acting different or have signs and symptoms of depression. I have included in this newsletter information provided to me by Shield’s member Izzy Quintana. Izzy is the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Support Program aka “Vet to Vet”. There are multiple resources and techniques available to us in order to help us cope with all the stress and uncertainty that we face every day. Please take a minute to read the material and think about taking advantage of the activities listed.
President Keith Hansen
1st Vice President Chris Cortelli
2nd Vice President Lou Falco III
Treasurer Joe Cain
Secretary Lynn Hayes
Financial Secretary Jim Sciacca
1st Sgt. at Arms Mike Heath
2nd Sgt at Arms Dennis Dodrill
Editor Mark Swammy
Chaplain George Albin
Orangetown Daniel Ryan
Clarkstown Gerry O'Connor
Haverstraw Manny Figueroa
Stony Point Bob Bertrand
Ramapo Mike Higgins
Trustee at Large Tim Connolly Jr
Health and Welfare John Dillon
Historian Jack Coleman
Past President Ed Weireter
Rockland County ShieldsPO Box 15New City, NY 10956