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Shortly after 7:00 in the evening on Friday, May 15, as the neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills was preparing for Shabbos, two New York Police Department officers from the 107th Precinct were brought to the hospital with neck and back pain after their cruiser sailed into the front doors of the Lander College for Men / Beis Medrash L’Talmud. The college, a division of the Touro College and University System, located on 150th Street, just off of 75th Road, has several exterior crash bollards that narrowly missed the trajectory of the cruiser. The officers were briefly entrapped in their patrol car following the dangerous impact, requiring an immediate extraction. Hatzolah of Queens, EMS, FDNY, and NYPD all responded in force to protect the chaotic scene and save New York’s Finest.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, New York City was considered by many to be a region of high crime, where nobody would keep their doors unlocked even for a few minutes and car doors were always double-checked to be locked. Today, with a population of over eight million, we live in comfort and relative safety, with an overall lower crime index. Because of this, many have regrettably become lax in various security procedures and are more prone to become victims of criminal activity.

Last Thursday, the residents of Kew Gardens Hills experienced an event that was a bright spot amid the dreariness of the coronavirus quarantine: a parade of ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars on Main Street, to celebrate the selfless, live-saving work of Queens Hatzolah volunteers during this pandemic. “The volunteers are beyond incredible; their call volume had doubled, and it wasn’t spaced out evenly,” said Shiu Reichmann, a longtime Queens Hatzolah coordinator.