Rockland County Police Hispanic Society

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August 2, 2018 - Haverstraw Detective Terry Collazo recalls 31 years in blue -

We are very proud of our past president and current member Terry Collazo for his 31 years of service at the Town/Village of Haverstraw PD.  Below is a recent Rockland Journal News article honoring him for his long career.

HAVERSTRAW - Eleuterio “Terry” Collazo experienced a lot in his 31 years as a Haverstraw police officer.

Collazo, who recently retired as a detective, brought a scrapbook with career highlights to the detective bureau in Town Hall on Monday when he spoke with The Journal News/lohud about his career.

The 56-year-old Garnerville resident was reluctant to discuss his accomplishments, preferring to share stories about his colleagues and community unless prompted to speak about himself.   

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March 31, 2018 -  Rivertown Magazine and Local Business Name Marta Rodriguez as Hero of the Month 

RCPHS member Marta Rodriguez was presented with a plaque as Rivertown Magazine's March 2018 "Hero of the Month" at Posa Posa Restaurant in Nanuet.  Gary Parahus (owner of Gary's Gutter Services): "We salute her for all she has done for the community and the world.  Marta is involved with many non-profit and charitable organizations...

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​January 15, 2019 -  Announcement by David Goldwasser (Director of the Marisa Fund) & Rich Fernandez (Race Volunteer Coordinator) Detailing 2018 Turkey Trot Proceeds 

On behalf of David Goldwasser (Turkey Trot Race & Marisa Fund Director) and myself, we would like to thank you again for selflessly volunteering your time this past FREEZING Thanksgiving morning. The 2018 Turkey Trot yielded $108,200 in proceeds. This total does not include the final donations that will come from the Modell’s coupon and the non-perishable food donated on race day for the People to People Food Bank (probably well over 700 pounds). An event of this magnitude can never happen without our great volunteers. we can never thank you enough for your support. 
Proceeds Breakdown:

  • Volunteer Ambulance Corp: $500-
  • Salvation Army: $500- plus the donations collected on race day-
  • Blue Knight Motorcycle Club: $500- they are such a great help to us-
  • Clarkstown North Photography  Club: $200- they always take great pictures of our event-
  • People to People Food Bank: $7,000-equals $28,000 @ the regional food bank + non-perishable food collected on race day-
  • (2) Scholarship Funds: $10,000
  • Marisa Fund: $90,000 (used for targeted research and to help local families dealing with pediatric cancer)-

Read the below email excerpt from Dr. Mitchell Cairo regarding some of the great work the Marisa Fund is responsible for in battling the nightmare of pediatric cancer:

"The Marisa fund has been responsible for supporting a new clinical research trial in adolescents and young adults with Hodgkin Lymphoma. ‎The primary aim is to investigate the use of targeted therapy using antibodies and antibody-conjugates and remove toxic chemotherapy and radiation from the treatment to maintain high cure rates and decrease late effects. We have treated 27 patients to date with 100% complete remission and disease free survival and no acute or late effects to date!"

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Serving the ENTIRE Community Since 1996

Pictured above: Rich with Friends and Family.

March 22, 2018 -  Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland 10th Annual Community Service Awards Dinner

​RCPHS members along with our Advisory Board member Ed Day (Rockland County Executive) attended this local event to support the fine work done by the Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland organization.  Great event and cause!​ 

​Those being honored included:

  • Frances Glick of Mateo Communications
  • Marion Breland, Director of Youth and Family Services of the Haverstraw Community Center
  • Susan Tiso of Immaculate Conception Parish

Serving the Entire Community

Pictured above: Rich with Legilsators Michael M. Grant and Toney L. Earl

November 22, 2018 - RCPHS Members & Others Volunteer at the 5-Mile Turkey Trot for the Marisa Fund -

A large contingent of volunteers (75 plus) showed up on a very cold Thanksgiving Day morning to help make the 27th Annual Rockland Road Runners Turkey Trot a successful event!  Volunteers included: RCPHS members, family & friends; American Legion Post 46; North Rockland NJROTC and Little Helping Hands.  Check back soon for more info and photos to follow.

Statement from Rich Fernandez​​, Turkey Trot Volunteer Coordinator:

This year was particularly challenging for me because I woke up feeling ill, which in turn affects my MS, but I was nevertheless blessed to arrive at Rockland Lake by 5:15 a.m.  A heartfelt thank you to all of our AMAZING volunteers, who went above and beyond the call of duty on Thanksgiving morning to make sure the Turkey Trot was a successful event in spite of the extremely frigid 20 degree windy temperatures.  Without their support and commitment, a race of this magnitude could not take place.  We are so fortunate to have you all!

Your actions today verifies what I already know; our Turkey Trot volunteers are the most committed and skilled volunteers and we are so fortunate to have you all! 

I will email you community service letters no later than 11/30/18.  Please contact me via email if you do not receive your community service letter by the 30th. 

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help today! 
Have a wonderful and safe Holiday,
Rich Fernandez

Statement from David Goldwasser, Trot Director:

Even though we had to endure record-setting cold, each and every volunteer stepped up for children with cancer. Whether you separated bananas, or lugged water, cheered on runners or moved garbage pails...every little thing you did so well made our event a major success.

I am so grateful for your made me look good through your tireless efforts and even though you may not realize it, those seemingly small things done with great love, end up helping us to raise large amounts of money for the little kids who need it most!

So, thank you all...have happy, healthy holidays and keep the volunteer spirit in your makes the world a better place.

Thank you, and I hope to see you all for the 28th Annual Turkey Trot for The Marisa Fund next November.

David Goldwasser 
Director of The Marisa Fund and the 5 Mile Turkey Trot


Below are a limited number of photos, as many volunteers were too cold to pose for additional pictures and/or our normal group photo.

June 3, 2018 - The 15th Annual North Rockland Community 5K Run/Walk @ Bowline Point Park, Haverstraw, NY.

The three North Rockland Families each received $10,000 for a total of $30,000 from this annual Event.  We thank all those that volunteered!  RCPHS made a substancial financial donation to this event.  Below is a Facebook commentary from Supervisor Phillips, Town of Haverstraw.

This year was the 15th Annual North Rockland Community 5K Run/Walk, which is held at Bowline Point Park each year. On behalf of the Haverstraw Town Board, Supervisor Monaghan and the Stony Point Town Board, Coach Joe Casarella and the North Rockland Central School District, we would like to extend our gratitude to all the individuals who participated in the race and especially the sponsors that every year make this race the huge success that it is. We were able to give $10,000 each to three families! These funds will help offset their enormous medical costs. The individuals are Bella Munoz, who recently received her new heart, Brian Dolan, one of our active volunteer firefighters and Peter Sasso, whose wife Ellen and family have always volunteered in numerous activities in our community. If you have the opportunity, please give a personal thank you to the attached list of sponsors.

October 3, 2018 - Rockland County Legislature Recognizes Three Outstanding Residents as Part of  Hispanic Heritage Month -

​The Rockland County Police Hispanic Society sends out a huge Congratulations to Richard Fernandez!

The Rockland County Legislature recognized three individuals for Hispanic Heritage Month.  Congratulations goes out to our very own member of this Society, Rich Fernandez - a well deserved honor!

It should also be noted that this is the second year in a row that RCPHS members have been recognized as part of Hispanic Heritage Month!  In 2017, Elsa Seguinot and Mike Greco were honored.

Pictured above: Rich with Mike Greco, Elsa and Nick Estavillo

October 11, 2018 - Rockland County Times "Unsung Hero": Richard Fernandez, Retired NYPD Sergeant and Community Volunteer -

​The Rockland County Police Hispanic Society sends out our Congratulations to Richard Fernandez!

A history of volunteerism has demonstrated Richard Fernandez’s commitment to his community and willingness to work for the betterment of others. Despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 20 years ago, Fernandez has never stopped volunteering for his community and has inspired most who come in contact with him as a result. He is this week’s Unsung Hero...

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