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Former NYPD and Suffolk County Parks Officer, Who Responded to 9/11, to Receive Power Scooter From The SCOOTER Store at Benefit

Source: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/former-nypd-and-suffolk-county,339858.shtml

Former NYPD and Suffolk County Parks Officer, Who Responded to 9/11, to Receive Power Scooter

From The SCOOTER Store at Benefit Event in Smithtown

Posted on : 2008-04-04 | Author : The SCOOTER Store

News Category : PressRelease

Surprise Donation Will Be Made to Middle Island Man, 32, Injured Twice in the Line of Duty

MIDDLE ISLAND, N.Y., April 4, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released by The SCOOTER Store:

WHO: Kevin O'Connor, 32, Middle Island resident, and former New York City patrolman and Suffolk County parks policeman

John Feal, President, The FealGood Foundation and benefit organizer Rep. Tim Bishop (NY - 1st District) Suffolk County Legislator John M. Kennedy Jr Anthony Pepe, a Mobility Manager at The SCOOTER Store George Santos, a Mobility Manager at The SCOOTER Store Anne Bauman, Vice President, The FealGood Foundation

WHAT: A surprise donation of a power wheelchair will be made during a benefit event honoring 9/11 responder Kevin O'Connor.

After terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, O'Connor, a New York City Patrolman was dispatched to help at the scene.

Now, more than seven years later, O'Connor needs help overcoming respiratory complications from working at Ground Zero and debilitating injuries suffered later in the line of duty.

Although wanting to enjoy a more active life, the married father of three young children has struggled to maneuver his manual wheelchair and is in need of power mobility equipment to improve his quality of life. Citing Mr. O'Connor's many contributions to our society, The SCOOTER Store in partnership with the FealGood Foundation, is helping the disabled officer with the donation of a Jazzy Scooter through The SCOOTER Store's Gift of Mobility program.

WHEN: Sunday, April 6, 2008 Event begins at 4:00 pm EST - Scooter Presentation to be made at 5:30

WHERE: Smithtown Country Kitchen 77 route 111 Smithtown, NY 11787 MEDIA CONTACT: Alicia Ingram, (404) 493-1724; Anne Baumann (631) 884-1604

The SCOOTER Store

Big applause to the SCOOTER Store & the FealGood Foundation!

However, why the hell does an officer who became disabled from 9/11 injuries & another injury also in the line of duty have to rely on donations from the public to return to a more normal life??? The NYPD, NYC, Mayor Bloomberg, whoever, should've provided him with this equipment immediately, at gov't expense!!!

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