Fire Department Retirement
At Monday’s meeting, the Pelham Manor Board of Trustees thanked Firefighter Donald Swartout for his nearly thirty-three years of service with the Pelham Manor Fire Department. Trustee and Fire Commissioner Tim Case attended FF Swartout’s final walk from the Pelham Manor Firehouse. Deputy Mayor Breda Bennett and Trustee D.J. McLaughlin, accompanied by his young son, Daniel, also attended the meaningful event.
Eagle Scout Proclamation
The Board was also delighted to recognize the efforts of Eagle Scout Ashok Seecharran, a PMHS student and Pelham Manor resident. The Village issued a proclamation to Ashok, detailing his construction of platform steps at the Highbrook Highline, which leave space for strollers and bicycles and are visually appealing. These steps provide an alternative path to safely ascend and descend the steep slope at the park and community trail. Ashok used pressure treated wood and labored over several weekends with members of Troop 1 to complete his Eagle project at this important community green space. Thank you, Ashok!
Business Owner Safety
Recently. there have been incidents in the Pelham Manor Business Districts that involved the thefts of ATM machines. The Pelham Manor Police Department takes these occurrences very seriously. While this type of theft has seen an uptick County-wide, we are actively working toward prevention in our local community. Police Chief Thomas Atkins issued a direct communication (PDF) to each business. This is a good time to remind all community members that in an emergency situation, your first call should be to the Police Department at 914-738-1000 or 911 from a landline phone. Our Police team is always prepared to provide a timely response upon receiving the call.
Gun Violence Prevention
The Westchester Municipal Officials Association (WMOA) hosted a program on reframing gun violence prevention as a public health issue. The Center for Gun Violence Prevention at Northwell Health is lead by Director Chethan Sathya, MD, who provided a seminar at last night's WMOA meeting. Mayor Jennifer Lapey, Deputy Mayor Breda Bennett, Village Attorney Al Cornachio, and Village Manager Lindsey Luft attended the session. Dr. Sathya spoke of the devastating frequency at which firearm injuries occur and the public health approach the Center at Northwell Health is taking.
One of the important components of gun violence prevention is the safe storage of firearms. The Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and National Shooting Sports Foundation, has released Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business: A Toolkit for Safe Firearm Storage. Reviewing this document provides an insightful foundation for understanding proper firearm storage. Whether you are a firearm owner or not, it is beneficial to be familiar with these strategies.