State Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) called it “an extraordinary act of human compassion.”
Standing O agrees.
The saga began at around 4:45 pm on April 17, at the intersection of 74th Street and Fifth Avenue, when Wu Xu got up, with the help of her husband, Mr. Xu, and left her wheelchair to purchase apples. Miscreants saw an opportunity and made off with the unattended chair. A good Samaritan witnessed the theft and immediately called 911, and then waited for the police to respond
A staffer for the senator was heading to the muni-meter and overheard the phone call with 911, and immediately placed a follow up call to the 68th Precinct. Staffers and the Xus then waited at the senator’s district office (which is near the location) for help to arrive.
When Officers Slavin and Shohatee arrived they viewed footage from a nearby surveillanced camera, then left to see if they could head off the thieves and retrieve the chair.
The Xus remained at the senator’s office to await the results.
Through translator and Golden staffer Katie Wong, Mrs. Xu explained that she had suffered a stroke that rendered her partially paralyzed, and in need of the wheelchair.
After an hour the officers returned with a wheelchair and a cushion. At first, the victims assumed that the chair had been recovered, but what really had occurred was that the compassionate officers were unable to locate the stolen wheelchair and decided, with their own money, to purchase a new wheelchair, and a cushion.
The officers referred the case to the precinct’s detective squad, where sleuths are currently trying to track down the heartless thieves.
“These officers truly showed concern for those they serve and protect,” said Golden. “These heroes went above and beyond the call of duty, and on behalf of a grateful community, I want to say ‘thank you.’ ”
Standing O is adding a great big O too!
Sen. Martin Golden’s District Office [7408 Fifth Ave. at 74th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–6044].
Congrats to Maimonides Heart and Vascular Institute for acing the number one spot in the state for Cardiac Angioplasty and Stents.
The New York State Department of Health voted Maimonides as outstanding in patient outcomes in angioplasty and stents.
“Our interventional cardiologists are giants in their field, and the state’s annual report confirms it,” said Maimonides president and chief executive officer Kenneth Gibbs.
The Institute encompasses experts in cardiology, vascular and endovascular surgery, anesthesiology, interventional cardiology, radiology, electrophysiology, critical care, and cardiothoracic surgery. It is among the most distinguished in the nation for outstanding patient outcomes.
Maimonides Medical Center, Heart Institute [4802 10th Ave. at 48th Street in Borough Park, (718) 283–8902; www.maimo