Walk for Heroes Held in Washingtonville
By Eugenia Moskowitz
The second annual Walk for Our Heroes, organized by a mixed group of Washingtonville girl scouts and their leaders, has for two years now honored all law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel. Last year’s event honored NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, who was killed while sitting in her car. This year’s event on Oct. 6 honored NY State Police Sergeant Charles Salaway, a 27 year veteran of the department who served at Ground Zero after the September 11 terrorist attacks and passed away on June 9 of 9/11-related cancer, leaving behind a wife and five children.
The group began with a dedication at the 9/11 memorial at Memorial Park with speakers Jim Barringer from Grace Community Church, Washingtonville Mayor Joe Bucco, retired NYPD Captain Kevin Radday, and NY State Police trooper Jason Sedita and his K9 partner out of Troop F in Monroe. Girl Scout leaders included Colleen Doyle, Laurisa Sampson, and Tammy Lee. Colors were carried by the girl scouts.
The group then wended its way along Ahern Blvd., ending at Vern Allen Park where a picnic was held with a grill manned by Radday and retired FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka, hot trays, a bouncy house, field games, and a delicious cake by Letty’s Cake Creations.
This event is held every year in early October, is completely free, and everyone is always welcome to take part.
CAPTION 1: Girl Scouts held the colors aloft. (Photo by Rebecca Akers)
CAPTION 2: NY State Trooper Jason Sedita and his K9 partner make friends with Elizabeth Radday. (Photo by Rebecca Akers)
CAPTION 3: Girl scouts of varying ages took part with their leaders. (Photo by Kevin Radday)
CAPTION 4: Mikayla Butler focuses on the heart of the matter. (Photo by Ann Conway)