By Stephen E. Lipken
Westchester County Executive George Latimer, accompanied by County Legislator Terry A. Clements; Pelham Police Chief Joseph Benefico; Village of Pelham Trustee/Deputy Mayor Adam Kagan and Mayor Michael Volpe celebrated first responders at Jordan Hall 10803 Bar and Grill (JH) in Pelham on May 18th.
First responders present included Pelham Firefighters Frank Bellantoni, Andrew Camardella; Fire Lieutenants Philip DeSimone, Tim Frusciante; Pelham Police Officer Danny Green; Police Lieutenant Jason Pallett and Police Sergeant Michael Sheehy.
“I am happy to be here today,” Clements stated. “In my own family I have two cousins that are firefighters in New Rochelle…I had a Police Officer who was a Captain in Chicago so I know how important it is and the dedication that first responders have…”
JH General Manager George Figueiredo announced that every Sunday after 3pm, beginning May 20, his restaurant will offer a 20% discount for first responders throughout Westchester County.
Co-incidentally, there was a fire call across the street. “When I was driving over here I came across a Police car blocking the street,” Latimer noted. “My instinct was not to try to get around the barrier but to park out of the way and let the professionals do their job.
“I think this is a great example of how people in local businesses and community see their customers and the people that serve their community as part of their family. The police and firefighters in Pelham are part and parcel of this community as they are in every other community…The owners of this restaurant are part of that family as well…,” Latimer concluded.