In a recognition ceremony last night, Upper West Side CERT (M7) was presented with the 2015 Citywide Deployment Award by Commissioner Joseph J. Esposito and the NYC Emergency Management Department. The award recognizes the team’s outstanding performance in responding to recent crises, including the East Village and East Harlem gas explosion disasters, and the Ebola outbreak. M7 team chief, Sheldon Fine, accepted the award on behalf of his team and commended them in his remarks.
Borough finalists for the award — Bronx 10 CERT, Brooklyn 12 CERT, Queens 6 CERT, and Port Richmond Staten Island CERT — were also recognized.
In addition to the awards presentations, 75 new CERT graduates of the Cycle 24 training received their certificates. They and 17 graduates of the new Teen CERT program, who attend the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management, were welcomed into the CERT family.
Along with Commissioner Esposito, speakers included Christina Farrell, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Emergency Management, James E. Leonard, Chief of Department, FDNY, and Phylis S. Byrne, Deputy Inspector, NYPD Auxiliary Police Section. Rabbi Isaac Werzberger, Chaplain, NYC Emergency Management, gave the invocation.
Photos from the event can be viewed on the UWS CERT Facebook page.