By Stephen E. Lipken
Sporting a colorful cape emblazoned with the slogan, “I DONUT Need a Reason to Thank Cops,” “Donut Boy” Tyler Carach, 9 (Facebook@idonutneedareasontothankacop) distributed donuts to the New Rochelle Police Department (NRPD) as well as a Pet Food Jar of doggie treats for their K-9 unit during the celebration of NRPD’s Second Annual National Night Out/Open House (NNO) on Tuesday, August 1.
Accompanied by his mother Sheena, sister Naudia, 14 and brother Zach, 13, Tyler in turn was sworn in as Commissioner for the Day by NRPD Commissioner Patrick Carroll who then presented the Carach family with a giant donut. “It actually got started a year ago today,” Sheena stated. “Today is Tyler’s one-year anniversary and is a special day…
“We were in a local store and Tyler saw four Deputies and said, ‘You know, cops’ favorite drink is coffee and their favorite food is donuts…’ He bought them mini-donuts with his own money and discussed why it is important to thank cops for their service...”
Hailing from Brett, FL, Carach is touring 16 states, ultimately distributing 22,000 donuts to Police Departments in one year. Tyler has expressed interest in becoming a K-9 Officer when he grows up.
NNO/NRPD Open House was presented in partnership with the New Rochelle Police Foundation; New Rochelle PBA; Youth Bureau; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Police Association and Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. NNO was established in 1984 by Matt Peskin, Founder and Executive Director of National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
NNO continued with tours of the Harbor Patrol. “The Harbor Patrol promotes safety on the water…making sure everyone is boating safe out there,” Police Officer and Certified Coast Guard Captain Michael Dassler said. “We help out other agencies such as Nassau; NYPD; Mamaroneck and Rye where the borders touch and are the only fulltime Police Department on the water besides the NYPD in this area.”
There was a carnival atmosphere outside the Police Station with bounce castles, face painting, hotdogs, popcorn, Knockerball 914, a soccer game played by students inside plastic bubbles, DJ and displays by various social and civic organizations, including a demonstration of “Hands Only” CPR by Margaret Walotsky, Cardiac Cath Lab Director, NYPresbyterian/Lawrence Hospital.
Finally, National Guard Reserve Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez conducted a Citizens Preparedness Corps course, instructing how to develop Emergency Plans, (www.nyalert.gov), warning the audience not to leave pets behind, and get professional help re-starting shut off gas, water and electrical power.