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Police, Suffolk County Thank First Responders At Patchogue's Emporium

Around 400 ambulance workers, firefighters and auxilary police from Suffolk attended.

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.

confectioner March 04, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Thanks for going out in to the storms while we are safe at home, to the brave folks- Thank You!
Patchogue Peeper March 22, 2013 at 03:25 AM
This seems like a completely inappropriate event to be held at a place like this. Why was it held here, when there is so much controversy surrounding this place. Not that I'm saying the emporium is bad, but why are the politicians and cops allowed to be bought off by the owners of this establishment. will preferential treatment now be given? Nothing is "free" as the detective says--everything comes with an expectation of a pay back. Seems inappropriate for elected officials and cop brass to be drinking for free at a place that the police supposedly enforce laws on in a fair and unbiased manner. just my two cents----which is two more than they apparently paid
Michael Sorrentino March 22, 2013 at 03:07 PM
@"Patchogue Peeper": When I spoke to Lt. Donohue, he said only the venue was provided for free and the drinks were a cash bar and therefore were not free.

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