Source: Judy Baron

The Manhattan Beach Community Group, which just celebrated its 71st anniversary, took time to honor the first responders who came to aid the Manhattan Beach community before, during and after the events of Superstorm Sandy. Over 175 people showed up for the group’s 71st annual gathering, which took place this past Wednesday at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.

Among those honored were Captain John Chell, commander of the 61st Precinct, who received the Dana Borell Community Service Award, for his service to the community during Superstorm Sandy. Captain Chell accepted the award on behalf of his those in his command, noting their exceptional service to the community. He also paid tribute to Cy Shoenfeld, a Manhattan Beach Community Group member and the group’s liaison to the 61st Precinct, who died during the storm.

Chaim Deutsch, founder and president of the Flatbush Safety Patrol, received the Charles S. Greene Memorial Award for his service and aid to the community. While accepting the award, Deutsch paid tribute to his fellow coordinators at the patrol.

Manhattan Beach native and NYPD Sergeant Richard Taylor, the entire local Department of Sanitation garage, and Assistant Commissioner Fred Kreizman of the Mayor’s Office, were all presented with Community Service Awards for their roles in the storm’s aftermath. State Senator Marty Golden also received a Community Service Award for his service.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was also honored with a special President’s award, and accepted the award on behalf of all elected officials helping to provide relief to the community after the storm.

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