July 23, 2019 - Richard Fernandez: Winner of 2019 WCFR New York Hero Award!

​Rich Fernandez will be honored at the Worldwide Community First Responder Eighth Anniversary & Fundraising Gala which will be held on October 5th, 2019 from 6-10pm at the Time Nyack.  

​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)-    Marisafund.org/

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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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

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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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​Richard Fernandez has an extensive history of commitment and willingness to work to improve his community. He knows that it is impossible to solve every problem, but it is possible to offer some relief to those that are struggling. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (a progressive disease) 26 years ago, but M.S. has never stopped him from volunteering for his community, and he inspires almost everyone he meets.

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Pictured above: Rich with Friends and Family.

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

June 25, 2019 - The 16th Annual North Rockland Community 5K Run/Walk @ Bowline Point Park, Haverstraw, NY.

RCPHS members once again were among the volunteers for this year's Event.  Last night the North Rockland Community 5K Run/Walk Committee had the opportunity to distribute checks to the three recipients of the 5K who have serious medical needs. This 5K was the 16th Annual and this event is a collaboration between the Towns of Haverstraw and Stony Point and the North Rockland Central School District. Since it started, the North Rockland 5K has raised nearly $350,000.

Thank you to all the committee members and special thanks to the 5K Coordinator, Detective Richard Spatta and to Coach Casarella who has helped out with this event since its inception. This fundraiser could not be possible without the help of our generous sponsors and all the participants at the 5K.  Schultz Ford always steps up as our Titanium Sponsor and so many businesses donate each year to make this event a success. We have attached a photo from last night’s check presentation.

November 28, 2019 - RCPHS Members & Others Volunteer at the 5-Mile Turkey Trot for the Marisa Fund –

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

Once again, this year’s Rockland Road Runners Turkey Trot @ Rockland Lake State Park,  Rockland County's Largest Charitable race was a great success with over 3000 participants.  I am so fortunate to lead some of the most AMAZING committed volunteers who always go above and beyond to execute a high-level race our participants have come to expect.  Our volunteers also promote an infectious festive and joyful spirit that helps to set a positive tempo.  An event of this magnitude has NO paid staff; it is an all-volunteer event.

P.S. George Zayas, once again the blasting Salsa music at water station #2 was favorably commented on by our participants; they LOVED IT!!!!