The Suffolk County Police Department recently held an event at The Emporium in Patchogue to thank the first responders who worked through Hurricane Sandy and the recent blizzard.
The event was a joint venture with the police department and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
Detective Lieutenant Bob Donohue told Patch that 400 people were in attendance, and the venue was volunteered by The Emporium’s owners which kept it free for attending.
Ambulance workers, fire fighters and auxiliary police from across Suffolk County were invited, and 40 free raffles with donated prizes were given at the event. The raffle’s grand prize was a 47-inch television won by a volunteer firefighter from Ocean Bay, Donohue said.