NY Daily News – December 07, 2014
by Denis Slattery
There were three cheers for cops and firefighters at Yankee Stadium last week.
The upstanding civil servants were the stars of an award ceremony in the swanky Audi Club Restaurant high above the ballfield. The event, dubbed 4+44, was started by Bronx Community Board 4 in 1999 as a way of honoring officers who go beyond the call of duty.
Rookie cop Kelvyn Vargas was honored for chasing down and arresting a gun-toting 17-year-old who fired four shots into another man and left him for dead on a Mount Eden street in June.
The 31-year-old officer heard gunshots, ran toward the scene, and apprehended the shooter.
Jose Rodriguez, the District Manager of Board 4, said the event was an example of how police and communities can work together.
The 4+44 award event was started by Bronx Community Board 4 in 1999 as a way of honoring officers who go above and beyond the call of duty.
“In light of what took place this week, this is an event that shows there are police who respect community and there are community leaders who support the NYPD,” Rodriguez said.