Last Tuesday, Borough President Eric Adams continued his tradition of recognizing heroic and philanthropic actions by Brooklyn residents and community groups.
“Our Heroes of the Month showcase the best our borough and our city has to offer,” Adams said in a statement. “These individuals stepped up to help those in need, showing how everyday people can do extraordinary things.”
For the month of October, Adams recognized NYPD officers Joseph Glorioso and Giovanni Cucuzza of the 61st Precinct in south Brooklyn. Glorioso, Cucuzza and Officer John Desiderio were bowling at Rab’s Country Lanes in Staten Island when a man suffered a heart attack.
After the officers placed the man on his back, Cucuzza ran to retrieve the bowling alley’s defibrillator as Desiderio performed chest compressions. Glorioso checked the man’s vital signs.
The cops then ripped open the man’s shirt and used the defibrillator to save his life.
November’s honoree was Officer Michelle Schack, who was contacted on November 15 by a Brooklyn mother whose daughter had been sending “disturbing text messages.” The 27-year-old woman reportedly said she “can’t go on like this anymore” and planned to kill herself and her infant daughter, Adams said.
Schack used NYPD cell phones to track the vehicle, which was going over the Verrazano Bridge, which was along the route to the family’s Pennsylvania home.
The officer contacted the owner of a gun store close to the family’s Pennsylvania home, and directed him to stall her if she came in to buy a gun. After the woman walked into the store, the owner called 911, resulting in the police showing up to take the mother and her baby to a local hospital for evaluation.
“These courageous actions are yet more examples of the professionalism and dedication of NYPD officers,” said Sergeant Mary Frances O’Donnell, an NYPD spokesperson. “Whether on or off duty, New Yorkers can rely on NYPD officers to help.”
Borough Hall honored two different organizations for the month of December.
The first was the Met Council, a social services and advocacy group that donated and delivered 10,000 pounds of kosher food to the Jewish community in Jersey City after the anti-Semitic shooting that killed four people last year.
The council then set up a free store at the Bethune Community Center on Martin Luther King Drive, where Jewish residents shopped for supplies, including challah, gefilte fish, cheese, cereal and milk.
Jessica Chait, managing director of food programs at Met Council, was recognized in particular.
“Jessica and her kosher food team work tirelessly every single day to ensure that Met Council feeds over 181,500 New Yorkers through our network of 40 food pantries,” said David Greenfield, CEO of Met Council.
The last honoree of the ceremony was Mallory McMahon, co-founder of Fight Back Bay Ridge. In December, a handmade banner promoting a white nationalist website was found hanging over a pedestrian overpass on the Belt Parkway.
McMahon coordinated a rally with 11 other community groups to fight against hate and facism.
“It’s really exciting to be honored just for doing what feels right,” McMahon said. “I hope others will be excited by this story to do the same.”