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Officers and activists honored as BP’s ‘Heroes of the Month’

January 30, 2020 Noah Singer
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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gave Heroes of the Month awards to five Brooklyn leaders, including a Met Council program director who delivered kosher food to the Jersey City Hasidic community following December’s hate crime shooting.

Other honorees included a community leader who organized a Bay Ridge rally against white nationalism, NYPD rescuers of a heart attack victim and an officer who stopped a suicide and infanticide attempt.

Adams presented the awards at Borough Hall for the months of October, November and December on Tuesday.

“Our Heroes of the Month showcase the best our borough and our city has to offer,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “These individuals stepped up to help those in need, showing how everyday people can do extraordinary things. We are proud to have them representing Brooklyn, and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.”

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NYPD Officers Joseph Glorioso and Giovanni Cucuzza received the award for October for their actions while off duty at a Staten Island bowling alley. When a man at a nearby lane suffered a heart attack, the officers performed life-saving CPR until medical help arrived. 

Adams recognized Officer Michelle Schack for her work on Nov. 15, when a Brooklyn family reported that their daughter, a young mother, was sending disturbing text messages and had taken her infant daughter out of daycare early. Schack tracked the woman’s vehicle to a firearm store and told its owner to stall while police arrived, saving the lives of the woman and her child. 

For December, Adams honored Met Council Managing Director of Food Programs Jessica Chait for Met Council’s delivery of 10,000 pounds of donated kosher food to the Jersey City Hasidic community following the Dec. 10 anti-Semitic shooting that killed four people at a kosher grocery store. The Jewish social services and advocacy group then set up a free store at the Bethune Community Center, where residents were welcome to “shop” for supplies. 

December’s second award recipient was collaborative action group Fight Back Bay Ridge leader Mallory McMahon, who coordinated a rally that included 12 community groups in response to a series of hate-filled events that culminated in a banner found on the Belt Parkway that promoted a white nationalist website. 

“I’m so glad to see Brooklyn and its politicians taking the threat of white nationalism seriously enough to feel my work to combat it is worthy of this award,” McMahon said. “I’m thrilled to stand here and accept this honor from the Borough President on behalf of everyone who does antifascist and anti-hate work in our city.” 

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