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Heroes of the Month


Borough President Adams is proud to honor a diverse array of Brooklynites as “Heroes of the Month” in the borough of Brooklyn for their bravery, selflessness, and service to the community and to the wellbeing of others. Recent “Heroes of the Month” include:

January 2018: Four New York City public school teachers who mobilized their students to collect and send off supplies to communities impacted by the Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria including Maria Belkadi at PS 212 Lady Deborah Moody in Gravesend; Marie Yvette Abreu at PS 216 Arturo Toscanini in Gravesend; Jason Batus at IS 239 Mark Twain in Coney Island, and Brooke Miller at PS 238 Anne Sullivan in Midwood (pictured above)

December 2017: Mike and Nick Fiorito from Bay Ridge for their Blankets of Hope program, which raises money for blankets with handwritten inspirational notes that they hand out twice a week to the less fortunate

November 2017: NYPD Detectives Philip Facenda and Thomas Pisano of the Brooklyn North Homicide Squad, who worked tirelessly to solve the murder case of Chynna Battle and Shaqwanda Staley — both shot and killed by two men as they were enjoying a summer evening in the courtyard of Stuyvesant Gardens in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the evening hours of July 12, 2017

October 2017: NYPD police officers Ryan Nash, Kevin McGinn, John Hasiotis, and Michael Welsome, who apprehended and secured the area around Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant suspected of renting a pickup truck and driving down the West Side Highway bike path along a one-mile stretch, crashing into a school bus carrying children with special needs, some of whom were from Brooklyn

September 2017: Hip-hop manager Sophia Chang, whose coordination of a boroughwide donation drive alongside famed rap artist Joey Bada$$ collected more than 160 boxes of essentials including clothing, food, water, hygiene products, and household items for hurricane victims in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico

August 2017: DC 37 member Eric Gibson, a New York City Parks Department climber and pruner who traveled to Puerto Rico on a 12-day mission to assist with cutting and pruning trees to protect civilians from damaged and loose branches, and Hector Gonzalez, executive director of Just 3, Inc., a performing arts non-profit organization working with youth to showcase their talents in their communities, who spent 27 days in Puerto Rico on three different trips to deliver food, clothing, toiletries, and medical supplies across shelters and other locations on the island

July 2017: New York City Police Department (NYPD) Officer Numael Amador, whose anonymous tip while off duty led to an arrest in the case of the violent attack on Bedford-Stuyvesant cyclist Domingo Diego-Tapia

June 2017: 19-year-old Mark Kindschuh of Bay Ridge, a college student who saved a man fighting for his life amid a June terror attack in London

May 2017: Animal activist Anne Levin, who saved an injured cat huddled on the side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE)

April 2017: Alina Estrella, a sophomore at James Madison High School, who started a community campaign to revitalize Rainbow Playground in Sunset Park