Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Congrats to PSD on Subway Pier Rescue

Base Picture Courtesy Roosevelt Islander

This weekend Public Safety Director Keith Guerra sent the below message out to all of the Roosevelt Island media outlets, including both blogs and the Main Street WIRE among others regarding the rescue effort of a Goldwater patient who decided to take a dip in the East River and found himself sucked under and trapped by the Subway Pier.

Fellow blogger Roosevelt Islander had a great post on the rescue and included pictures taken at the scene that afternoon. Subsequent to the Roosevelt Islander posting on Twitter I "retweeted" his notice on Twitter.

PSD Director Keith Guerra:

Today was a good day. In addition to watching a couple of well played baseball games by our local Little Leaguers, there was also a well attended Roosevelt Island Reunion at South Point Park.

The excitement didn't end there as we also had a Goldwater Hospital Patient jump off the dock into the East River. Sgt. Raul Hernandez led the rescue effort by the Public Safety Department. Det. John Malone lowered him onto the rocks because they couldn't see the jumper. Apparently, he was trapped under the dock. The officers were able to throw a Life Ring to him and attempted to pull him to safety. He was a bit incapacitated and could not be pulled out, so Officer David Vernet maintained control of the line while Sgt. Ramon Azular held onto Sgt. Hernandez. They maintained control of him until members from the NYPD and FDNY could respond to complete the save. All in all, it was a great job by the Public Safety Officers, who aided the other agencies in the rescue. I had left the island, but received many calls complimenting the job the officers performed. I'm very proud of them for putting themselves in harm's way to rescue the hospital patient.


  1. GREAT JOB P.S.D.! The residents of Roosevelt Island are appreciative of your brave efforts and existence here. Keep up the good work.

  2. Having been a patient at Goldwater, I can only say that the patient was probably trying to escape the hospital...

  3. this is the reason why steve shane got fired. see the people living in river cross want privatization. so their aopartment will be worth over a half a millon dollars and more . when they only paid like 10,000,to 20.000. and shane wanted to stop this, these are mostly the people who are in rioc .just looking out for themselfs . and the hell with the rent of the island. lets hope they fail.

  4. was at jazz nite boy was that boring i was falling asleep,. urban american yea right you care about the old timers in eastwood you want us all out dont you

  5. well another family .who have been living in eastwood for over 20 years had to move because of the agreement that ron vass of the ebc agreeed to . see this family was placed into sec.8 see they were not low income and they were not on a fixed income . their income went up and so did the rent . as they were forced to keep paying 30 percent of their income . well when the rent went to over 2100 they could not take it anymore .thank you ron you got yourself a rent stabilzed apartment while over 870 apartments went to the market rent . you got what was good for you . by the way i want my money back . its the money that i gave you and the eastwood building commttee for your lawyer . people going into sec.8 did not need a lawyer we had no say it this matter . so i and many other sec. 8 residents . give us back our money.

  6. What's the deal with this Blog? I used to love how it was better than the Roosevelt Islander Blog. Why has it become so outdated? Where has the owner gone? Come back. Your neighbors on the island need your Blog to be better.

  7. The deal with this blog is I would like to be able to get back to devoting the time it deserves but personal issues, my job, and my kids are my current priority. And unfortunately after those three areas I don't seem to have the energy, desire or time to devote to the blog.

    Like the Roosevelt Islander I would welcome unpaid "staff correspondents" who would post articles which I would review for publishing, but myself I dont have the time other than an occasional post these days.

    I am truly sorry as I loved the time I put into it. To be honest I have no idea how rick finds the time he does to put his blog up every day. I do really appreciate your positive feedback about my blog.