Police Officer of the Month, June 2014

On Saturday March 19th, 2014 Police Officers Michael Konatsotis a 17 year veteran and David Roussine a 2 year veteran of the NYPD currently assigned to the 30 Pct., were reassigned to fly into the 19th Pct. for the day, due to staffing shortage in the 19th PCT. The day tour was quiet until a mid afternoon radio run was assigned to them regarding an aided case of an infant with difficulty breathing.

At approximately 1421 hrs. the officers were dispatched to 207 East 74th St. to investigate the aided case. Upon their arrival at that location they met in front of the building by residents of the building and the parents of the child, all of the people were excited and extremely concerned for the welfare of the child as she had apparently stopped breathing on her own.

The officers quickly assessed the situation and determined immediate action was necessary to save the childs life , without hesitation they quickly placed the child in their RMP and proceeded to the hospital. With PO Konatsotis in the back performing chest compressions and giving mouth to mouth resuscitation and PO Roussine at the wheel , not a moment was wasted to save this childs life. Upon arrival at Cornell Hospital Center, the child began to breathe on her own.

The child was identified as Norah Schecter female 15 months old DOB 11/19/12 of 207 E. 74 St., daughter of Jason and Diane Schecter of the same address.

The aided was treated and released with no apparent damage or serious problems.

The professional manner in which these officers responded to this situation is to be commended. Their quick assessment of the condition of the aided , her age and the dire consequences if she had not been revived as quickly as she was were factors the officers used to make the decision to transport themselves, rather than wait for an ambulance.

The actions of these officers, in quickly assessing the condition of the and then rendering aid and transporting the child to the hospital no doubt saved her life.

Their professionalism , intelligent actions and cool and calm demeanor bring credit to themselves, the 30 Pct. , the New York City Police Dept. and the entire law enforcement community.

For these reasons the Long Island Shields are proud to recognize PO Michael Konatsotis and PO David Roussine as the Police Officers of the month.

2014 Scholarship Winners

The following are the Shields 2014 scholarship winners

  • Douglas Toledo, attending Stony Brook University
  • Christopher Greer, attending Adelphi University
  • Lara Oliva, attending Nassau Community College
  • Riley Lestings, attending Stony Brook University
  • Kelly O’Keefe, attending Suffolk Community College
  • Jessica Lanning, attending Mt. St. Mary College

President’s Message – September 2014

Welcome Back! I hope that you and your family members had an enjoyable and safe summer.

I wish to thank Patti McDonald, the wife of Detective Steven McDonald for assisting us in getting Steven as our guest speaker at our June meeting. Steven’s talk was inspirational and held our guests attention. His strength and fortitude is so admirable, but the fact that he chose to forgive the individual who shot him is amazing. We would also like to thank Steven for giving us copies of the book “Why Forgive?” in which there is a chapter written about his shooting.

Speaking of books, Ret. LT. (NYPD) has published his 3rd a trilogy; A Letter to Ballyturan.

To our latest scholarship winners. Congratulations, keep in touch and let us know how your next step in the educational process is doing.

Please note the location of our September 18th at The Coral House in Baldwin. This change was made to accommodate members living in the city and western Nassau.

Let us know what you think. We hope you like it.

Hope we see you on Sept 18th
Richie Petito

Chaplain’s Corner, July 2014

Terms of Endearment

Last month’s Chaplain’s piece by Fr. Joe reminded us of the blessedness of a bridge-builder, one who could make it possible to reestablish communication with someone from whom we’d become estranged. That story brought back to my memory a Newsday article [Tuesday, June 25, 2002, page A12] that said: “Abby Has Nothing to Say.” “Pauline Phillips, better known by her nom de plume of Abigail Van Buren, will not comment publicly on the death of her twin sister and fellow columnist, Esther Lederer, better known as Ann Landers. …After an unflattering 1958 Life magazine profile in which each spoke poorly about the other, the two did not speak for a decade.”

What is this?… twin sister advice doyennes were unable to communicate with each other? It surely had to cause questions to arise about the depth or expertise of their rendered advice – if they couldn’t be civil to each other. And it seems to matter not at all who might have been “right” or “wrong” in any particular exchange of comments. The turning away from kin is striking in its sad power to overshadow whatever good might otherwise have been done through years of assisting others regarding interpersonal relations.

But what an opposite effect came forth from a tribute written by Ann Landers’ niece, Jeanne Phillips (aka Dear Abby). She called her “Aunt Eppie” a woman of courage, integrity and loyalty… not only beautiful… (but) caring and generous. She sketched out a few brief recollections that revealed her aunt’s dealings with her in the most positive tones. She spoke like a dear family member and, in doing so, became a force for good, uprightness, honor and respect. The result of her efforts was grace and genuine affection.

It strikes me that there’s incredible power in the word lovingly spoken. Almost irrespective of “right-ness” or “accuracy,” the gracious and respectful utterance – transfigures the writer or speaker from whom it comes. Suddenly we think better of one who had been incapacitated by hurts or offences, rendered culturally enfeebled, less-than-that of which she had had the potential. The goodness of a niece makes the aunt somehow dearer, the offensiveness of a decade of non-communication less detracting. We are freed up to say that we will miss the one who gave the best advice she was capable of rendering. We liked the way Ann Landers helped so many people.

Is this perhaps a hint of the incalculable effectiveness of the Lord’s advocacy of our causes? If a human niece can do such good, how much greater is the pleading of our case before the company of heaven by the Holy One, our God? Makes one to really want to say… or write… or think the words that build up, encourage, and humanize the people around us whose lives we touch, eh?

In the name of the One who calls us “”Dear Ones,”

Chaplain James G. Anderson


Police Officer of the Month, June 2014

On Sunday March 31, at approximately 02:23 AM, Police Officer Robert Florie in RMP 322 received a radio assignment for a man found bleeding in the street. Upon his arrival, the victim was found with his right thumb partially severed from his hand, and deep multiple slash wounds to his head and face from what appeared to be a machete attack. As the investigation unfolded, two additional victims were found with the following injuries, one with a deep laceration to the front of his head, and the other had a deep laceration to his left arm, which is also believed to be broken. A witness was located and pointed out a group of three men, consisting of the defendants Miguel Flores, Jose Hernandez, and a currently unknown third subject. Officer Florie attempted to stop and question the three male subjects but they ran off. He gave chase and after a brief foot pursuit, Officer Florie was able to place defendant Flores into custody.

A perimeter was established and Officer Costleigh, a K9 Officer, along with his service animal “Gehrig” located the second defendant Hernandez. The third subject remains at large. The victims were removed to NUMC.

Officer Florie’s keen observations resulted in the arrest of the defendants who was charged with violation of PL 125.25 Attempted Murder, PL 120.10 Assault 1st, PL 120.07 Gang Assault 1st and PL 265.02 Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd. The Police Officer of the Month Committee is proud to name Police Officer Robert Florie as the Police Officer of the Month of the Shields Long Island.

President’s Message, June 2014

I will start this message by extending my sincere thanks to the 25+ Shields members and friends who volunteered their time and efforts assisting us decorating the veteran’s graves at Long Island National Cemetery. Unfortunately I can’t say the same when it came to the Nassau County Games for the Physically Challenged. I would like to thank John Mifsud and his co-workers from the FBI for their continued support on Fridays, and the officials of the Nassau ASA Umpires Association once again for their help on Saturday, also thanks to the 7 Shields members who assisted us at Mitchel Field. Needless to say, I was disappointed by the lack of Shields member’s participation.

Our next meeting on Thursday, June 19 will be special, as we recognize the recent Scholarship winners. Please come out and show them that you care; they are the future of this great country. Good job by Luke Johnson as Scholarship Chairman.

If we don’t see you please take care, and have a healthy and safe.

Remember to proudly fly our flag. God bless America!


President’s Message, January 2014

I sincerely hope that everyone has had a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

As I start to write this message, I’m looking out at the mounds of snow in my yard and I now realize why people head south for the winter. I’m sure their backs don’t ache from shoveling and/or pushing a snow blower. Enough of feeling sorry for myself, let’s review the past year’s accomplishments.

Once again Mike and Noele Villa did an excellent job running our 2013 Long Island Shields Children’s Holiday Party. The food was plentiful and good; the DJ and his assistants were caring and thoughtful; and a good time was had by all who attended. Mike would like to thank those who worked with him and Noele, and those who donated gift baskets for the raffle. Also, we don’t want to forget to thank Santa, our special guest, who thrilled all the children with his jovial and caring ways, and also, Bob Forrester who made sure he got there on time.

As reported in the last CALL BOX, Pete Cardalena has stepped down as the Shields attorney. I am glad to report that Pete Caso (Ret. Lt. NYPD) has graciously agreed to assume the position as our general counsel.

Let us also thank Dom Camaratta for the many and wonderful pictures he has provided for us. Dom has agreed to become our official Shield’s photographer.

Our speaker for the next meeting on February 27th will be Pete Nerney (Ret. Detective NYPD) who will talk about an interesting case that he has been working on as a private investigator.

Hopefully, when I write the next President’s message there won’t be 18 inches of snow on the ground and spring will be in the air. Be careful when shoveling the snow and don’t over exert yourselves. You mean a lot to us.

Hope we see you on the 27th and try to bring a friend.


President’s Message, December 2013

In response to the many inquiries that I have received, I must inform the membership that regrettably Pete Cardalena has chosen to step down as the Shields attorney. Words alone cannot describe my admiration and respect for Pete. He was always there whenever we needed him, offering his services and/or words of encouragement. I know Pete has also assisted families in their time of need and advised many of our members. My appreciation and gratitude go out to Pete. THANK YOU Pete, you and your many informative articles will be greatly missed.

Now that the November elections are over, I would like to extend Shields congratulations to our many friends who were either elected or re elected to office. We need all the friends we can get.

Thanks to Susan LaTorre, Director of Community Relations @ The Arbors Assisted Living Communities, for her informative talk regarding hidden Veterans, benefits offered and the benefits of living at The Arbors.

Don’t forget Sunday, December 15th Mike Villa will be running our Children’s Brunch with Santa at The Inn in New Hyde Park. Further details can be found in this edition of the Call Box on page 7. Mike will have raffle tickets available at our next meeting which will be Thursday December 12th at The Stuart Thomas Manor. Come out and share a table with old or new friends. Please remember to bring an unwrapped toy for a child.

This will be our last Call Box for 2013. On behalf of your Board of Officers, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

See you next year!

Stay safe,

Police Officer of the Month, December 2013

On the mourning of Thursday, January 26, at approximately 0413, off-duty Lt. Barry Duignan, assigned to Emergency Service Unit, was driving to work at ESU Truck 7. As he was traveling on Cypress Hills Street, he observed a maroon minivan strike a light pole at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Cypress Hills.

Unknown to Lt. Duignan, the driver of the minivan had, just 20 minutes earlier, pulled a weapon and carjacked the vehicle from the owner. Lt. Duignan slowed down his auto and observed the masked operator of the vehicle exit the auto and walk away from the location. Lt. Duignan called ESU Truck 7 and reported what had just observed, told the officer at Truck 7 to notify the 75 Precinct direct through Division radio, and that he was following the driver of the vehicle. Two officers assigned to the 75 Precinct responding to the accident location observed a male running on the sidewalk coming from the direction of the accident. As they approached the male, he initially slowed to a walk, but after refusing to obey the orders of the Officers to stop, he took off running.

Lieutenant Duignan pulled up to the Officers and informed them that they had attempted to stop the right guy. Lt. Duignan, in his personal auto, continued after the individual, followed by the two Officers in their marked RMP. At the corners of Hemlock st. and Etna st, video surveillance captured the perpetrator’s fully extend right arm pointed directly towards Lt.Duignan’s auto. The perpetrator had fired a shot directly at Lt. Duignan, who responded with two shots, hitting the perpetrator. Lt. Duignan informed them that the perp was down but may still be armed and capable of firing his weapon. the perpetrator could be seen in a driveway with his hands underneath his body. the officers took tactical positions to cover the perp until additional units responded. The perp was secured by responding officers and a silver revolver was retrieved from his pants pocket. A zip lock bag containing a large quantity of .22 caliber cartridges was also recovered within close proximity of the perpetrator.

The perpetrator, later identified as 21-year-old Christopher Kissane, died from his wounds. He had prior arrests for criminal sale of a controlled substanceand criminal possession of a weapon. Prior to his confrontation with Lt. Duignan, it is believed that Mr.Kissane had robbed a women at gun point, pressing his gun into the woman’s stomach and demanding her property, and ten minutes later shooting out the driver’s side rear window of a different woman’s car in his attempt to car jack that auto.

In recognition of Lt. Barry Duignan displaying true courage, and exercising sound and reasoned judgment, resulting in the apprehension of a dangerous and armed individual, he is acknowledged by his peers as a “Leader of the Finest.”