The December Inspired Mic will see us at a new location, Leroy’s 19th Hole, the Country Club restaurant and bar for the Cypress Knoll Golf Course in Palm Coast. The following two weeks this site will display the presenters who will be on stage on December 16th. With the new location comes some new perks. We are excited about our growth and the community’s interest in local talent. Please check back each day for a little insight into our Inspired Mic Event presenters!
I was born in the neighborhood that “On the Waterfront” and “The Last Exit to Brooklyn” were set. Red Hook was a rough waterfront area of dock workers and hoods. I lived on The Point of the Hook where mother was half a word. The most famous sons of the area are Crazy Joe Gallo and Al Capone. The choices of careers for those in Red Hook at the time were the docks, the gangs, the clergy or the Police Department. I tried but did not like dock work at all. My basic honesty would have been a hindrance in the gangs and celibacy held no attraction. That left the N.Y.P.D.
I started at eighteen as a Police Trainee handling 9-1-1 calls and dispatching radio calls. At the age of twenty-one I was appointed a Police Officer and started my career in Bedford-Stuyvesant from there it was on to Midtown Manhattan working on Times Square. Finally I was sent to the Eighty-third Precinct where I found a home. I would remain there until I was retired due to Line of Duty injuries.
After leaving the Department I moved to Pennsylvania with my wife Nancy and our five children. In Pennsylvania I would continue in law enforcement first in record keeping then back to dispatching. I would end my law enforcement career as an Enforcement Officer for Cumberland County Domestic Relations one of the top rated child support agencies in the country.
During my career in law enforcement I participated in several thousand arrests and received numerous medals and awards from the N.Y.P.D, the N.Y.F.D and the local community board. I would also be inducted into the Honor Legion of the N.Y.P.D. a privilege afforded to a small percentage of New York’s Police Officers.
After Nancy’s father developed an illness and was no longer able to take care of himself we moved to Florida. Nancy and I became his caretakers for the five years until his death. Nancy is a nurse and now works with the elderly of Flagler County. I have somehow become an accidental novelist.
I try to live by the words of a great philosopher. Those words are “I yam what I yam and that’s all what I yam.” so sayeth Popeye the Sailor Man. I believe the luckiest day of my life is the day I met Nancy. I cannot imagine my life without her by my side