Brooklyn honors NYPD sergeant, local groups
by Benjamin Fang
Mar 12, 2019 | 1474 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An NYPD sergeant who saved a teenage boy from jumping off the Manhattan Bridge was recognized as Brooklyn’s “Hero of the Month.”

At a ceremony last Thursday morning at Borough Hall, Borough President Eric Adams honored Sergeant William Hart.

On January 15, at 5:10 p.m., Hart was walking from Brooklyn on the Manhattan Bridge to conduct a quality-of-life inspection. He encountered a “distraught young man” who had climbed over the fence and was sitting on the ledge, ready to jump.

According to Adams, Hart took immediate action, bringing the young man back to safety on the pedestrian path.

“I want to thank Sergeant Hart for saving this young man,” Adams said, “and I pray that he is in a healthier place.”

Hart joined the NYPD in August 1998. He volunteered for the Emergency Services Unit (ESU), where he served in Truck 8 in Brooklyn and Truck 3 in the Bronx.

He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2016, and has since worked in the Office of the Police Commissioner working on quality-of-life issues.

Hart also served 21 years in the U.S. Army and New York National Guard.

“Sergeant Hart’s career of sacrifice is a reflection of the heroism he showed on the Manhattan Bridge on that cold January day,” Adams said. “Our borough is in gratitude for his continued service.”

For the month of February, Adams awarded the “Hero of the Month” to four local organizations and businesses that provided free services to federal workers during the government shutdown.

The honorees were Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens; Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen network with locations in Borough Park and Flatbush; Massage Outpost, a clinical massage therapy studio based in north Brooklyn; and Sweet Chick, a chicken and waffles restaurant co-owned by the rapper Nas.

Catholic Charities organized a special food pantry with thousands of dollars’ worth of food for affected federal workers. Masbia gave out fliers to TSA agents at JFK and LaGuardia airports to let them know they can eat for free at their pantries.

Massage Outpost provided free one-hour massages, while Sweet Chick cooked free meals for government workers out of a paycheck.

“The federal shutdown had a deep impact on so many Brooklynites, from residents of NYCHA to food stamp recipients, and it disrupted everything from air travel to tax collection,” Adams said. “Thankfully, a number of groups stepped in with acts of kindness, both big and small, that really helped to fill the gap and restore workers’ dignity.”
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