YONKERS, NY — A police honor guard, a proclamation from the mayor and emotional phrases from a father who was in a position to take his daughter house from the hospital paid tribute to the officers and bystanders who’re being credited with serving to to avoid wasting a life.
There was some purpose to have a good time on Wednesday, weeks after the disturbing crash that performed out on July 23. Jorge Palacios informed the gang gathered at Yonkers City Hall that his toddler daughter, who suffered a cranium fracture and required pores and skin grafts for extreme burns, is house from the hospital.
“Thank you for being there to save my baby and my family,” breaking down in tears and talking in Spanish, Palacios informed these being honored. “God bless you.”
Although 8-month-old Leslie Palacios is now recovering at house, her mom, Myrna Palacios remains to be hospitalized with a damaged femur and is anticipated to be launched within the coming weeks.
The Yonkers Police Department launched safety video that seems to point out a automotive pushed by David Poncurak hitting a parked automotive, earlier than hanging the mother and child on the street and accelerating, dragging them by means of a storefront earlier than the automotive lastly involves a cease inside a barber store on Lake Avenue.
Poncurak was positioned below arrest and charged with DWI, vehicular assault and aggravated unlicensed operation of a car.
The story might need had a lot much less of a contented ending if two Yonkers cops, Paul Samoyedny and Rocco Fusco had not occurred to be consuming breakfast at a close-by bagel store and witnessed the tragic occasions unfold.
Body cam footage reveals the cops speeding over to the scene and with the assistance of bystanders and the injured store proprietor, lifting the automotive and rapidly releasing the mom and youngster from the wreckage. The police have been in a position to present essential first assist till EMTs arrived a short while later.
“These brave individuals, really they just jumped into action and they came to the aid of the mother and this beautiful 8-month baby,” Mayor Mike Spano stated. “They were brave, they were courageous, they were selfless, just some of the words that many people, including myself, have described the men who made some split-second decisions to save, literally, to save the lives of Myrna and 8-month Leslie.”
Spano added he was happy with the Yonkers Police Department that “seems to shine, no matter what is out there, no matter what is going on in society.” Police Commissioner John Mueller, in the meantime, touted the heroic response to the crash as highlighting the significance of police and the neighborhood working collectively in partnership.
“I think what this gathering here today is not so much a recognition of the officers or recognition of the civilians but it’s really a recognition and acknowledgement of the collaborative effort that they did together,” Mueller stated. “It’s just really a celebration and it’s an acknowledgement of the work that police and community do together.”