The following is a press release from Borough President Marty Markowitz:
On Thursday, July 12, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented a proclamation to Coney Island resident Lawrence Bowers prior to the Seaside Summer Concert Series, honoring him for rescuing a man and child off Coney Island this summer.
At the time he performed the acts of heroism in two separate incidents, Bowers was an unemployed father of six. His bravery caught the eye of NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh, who interceded and helped Bowers land a job with Atlantic Maintenance Services, which provides sanitation services to the area overseen by the Fulton Mall Improvement Association.
Commissioner Walsh was on hand as BP Markowitz presented the following proclamation:
Whereas, all of Brooklyn joins in spirit alongside family and friends to honor and commemorate the inspirational valor of Lawrence Bowers, a proud Brooklynite and resident of Coney Island who truly exemplifies the very best of Brooklyn, since his quick decision to take action saved the lives of others, demonstrating tremendous heroism not once, but twice, as he dived into the water to rescue a man and boy from the Atlantic Ocean; and
Whereas, on behalf of all Brooklynites, I salute and commend Lawrence Bowers, a father of six, for his valiant and courageous feat, I wish him all the best for the future, I congratulate him as he is duly and most justifiably paid tribute by his peers, and I thank him for his efforts in saving another from an unthinkable tragedy, as his unforgettable and exemplary acts of heroism will bolster our resolve to render good whenever and wherever we can, helping to make Brooklyn a better place to live, work, and raise a family;
Now, therefore, I, Marty Markowitz, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, do hereby proclaim Thursday, July 12, 2012, Lawrence Bowers Recognition Day, in Brooklyn, USA.