|New York Fraternal Order of Police
|Law Enforcement Officers Lodge 911
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Special Olympics New York - Polar Plunge
Disaster Response Team
FOP Lodge 911 is in the process of creating a Disaster Response Team. On January 25, 2016,
Nineteen members of Lodge 911, and two members from other Lodges, all volunteered and completed
a required Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course. The course required them to attend
21 hours of classroom instruction (seven 3 hour classes spanning seven weeks) and then pass a
compulsory written exam. They were also required to take two online FEMA courses relating to the
operations at a disaster scene and successfully complete an exam for each. These members are now
certified to enter any federally designated disaster area and render assistance.
The primary function of the Disaster Response Team will be to provide assistance to the families of
Lodge members who may be deployed to a disaster area and then to extend those services to other
law enforcement personnel on a need and availability basis.
|NYS Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 911, PO Box 259, Massapequa, NY 11758
Stop DWI Program
In an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of DWI, Lodge 911 maintains a 1967 Ford Mustang
(commonly referred to as the "Lodge car") and a trailer which have markings that say "Don't Drink and
Drive, STOP DWI, Say No to Drugs" as well as sporting the Lodge logo and name. The Lodge car has
been used in parades, as a pace car at Riverhead Raceway for Stop DWI campaigns, during the Police
Memorial week in Washington, DC, escorts, special events and with the NYS Department of Motor
Vehicle - Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS Stop DWI coordinators.
In another effort to combat DWI and underage drinking and driving, Lodge 911 has coordinated an
effort with Suffolk County MADD to provide an educational Stop DWI/Underage Drinking class for high
school students. Sayville Ford has partnered with the program and will host the classes at its
dealership and will also reward participants with discounted auto prices. The program is scheduled for
implementation in October 2016.
Special thanks to Lodge 911 members Robert J. Licata, Master 2015-2016 of Babylon Masonic Lodge
#793, and Rodney Lehtinen, Facility Manager. Both members made it possible to have the training at
Lodge 911 has become an annual participant in the Special Olympics New York - Polar Plunge which is
held in the Town of North Hempstead.
The Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a
variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and the Special
Olympics New York never charges athletes, their families or caregivers to train or compete!
The Town of North Hempstead Polar Plunge is usually held in the beginning of March at the North
Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington and each year we continue grow not only with the number
of "plungers" representing Lodge 911, but also with the amount of contributions.
The Lodge 911 trailer is transported to the event and provides a changing and warming station for all
FOP members attending. The trailer is also utilized by other participating police agencies and creates a
nice atmosphere of camaraderie and fraternalism amongst law enforcement personnel. Hot
refreshments and snacks are made available for all.
The Lodge 911 Therapy Dog Program is now operational.
Lodge 911 has partnered with Paws of War, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to train
and place shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans that
suffer from the emotional effects of war such as PTSD.
The objective of the Therapy Dog Program is to visit with our ailing veterans and Lodge members when
they are recuperating from an illness or, confined to a hospital or nursing home, and provide them with
some comfort and relief.
Therapy Dog Program
|Our Lodge 911 CERT graduates.
|The Lodge 911 Ford Mustang
|The Lodge 911 Trailer
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