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.
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 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,
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 help...you 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 heart...it 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.
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 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.
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
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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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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Pictured above: Rich with Friends and Family.
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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.
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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