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Manhattan Beach honors rogue ax men

Shomrim studs: (From left) Bob Moskovitz, Lee Rosenberg, Chaim Deutsch, and Steve Weill were honored by the Manhattan Beach Community Group for their help following Hurricane Sandy, including cutting up and carting off more than 70 trees that fell across Brooklyn roadways. Honored by the Manhattan Beach Community Group are FSSP Members (L to R) Bob Moskovitz - Lee Rosenberg with chain saw - FSSP Founder & President Chaim Deutsch - Steve Weill // Manhattan Beach Community Group 71st Awards night - PS-195 - 131 Irwin St - Photos by Steve Solomonson 12-05-12
Photo by Steve Solomonson

The Manhattan Beach Community Group awarded politicians, civil servants, and community volunteers who helped residents during Hurricane Sandy last week, honoring the do gooders for their service — as well as their skills with a gas-powered chain saw.

“This guy, Chaim Deutsch, blows me away,” Manhattan Beach Community Group President Ira Zalcman said of the Flatbush Shomrim founder, who lead a team of urban lumberjacks who cut up and carted off more than 70 trees that fell across Brooklyn roadways during the storm until the city told him to put down his buzz saw.

Deutsch, who was awarded a plaque by the civic assocation, invited some of his fellow neighborhood patrollers to stand beside him during the cermony. He also brought one of the gas-powered saws used in the group’s tree-chopping campaign.

“If anyone has a fallen tree remaining on their property, call me and this gentleman will take care of it for you,” Deutsch said, reffering to his well-armed friend.

Other hurricane heroes receiving honors included Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz, 61st Precinct Captain John Chell, NYPD Sargeant Richie Taylor, state Sen. Marty Golden, and Fred Kreizman, who works in the community assitance unit at City Hall.

“Once a year we have this annual membership meeting, and this year I decided the thing to do was to thank the people that helped us,” said Zalcman, who remained misty eyed throughout the commendations.

“Marty Markowitz made the mistake of giving me his private cell, and right after the hurricane that first week I was calling him, texting him, calling him, texting him, and he was actually calling me back and calling me back, and I said, ‘wow,’ he was there for us,” he said.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

For services rendered: Captain John Chell of the 61st Precinct went above and beyond the call of duty during Hurricane Sandy, and received an award from the Manhattan Beach Community Group in commemoration for his services.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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