Breakfast and college scholarship awards will be on the menu Saturday morning at the Nyack Seaport.
The O’Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship Awards breakfast starts at 10 a.m. at the Nyack Seaport. The keynote speaker will be Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.
Receiving $1,000 scholarships are:
â€¢ James H. Rahill of Stony Point and Don Bosco Prep High School.
â€¢ Michael B. Kelley of Pearl River and Pearl River High School.
â€¢ Pamela Samoylo of Valley Cottage and Nyack High School.
â€¢ Terrence Ambrose of Pearl River and Pearl River High School.
Receiving $500 scholarships:
â€¢ Charnell N. Neptune of Spring Valley and Ramapo High School.
â€¢ John Coyle of Sparkill and Tappan Zee High School.
The six high school seniors will share $5,000 in scholarships from a fund named for Nyack Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Nyack Patrolman Waverly “Chipper” Brown. The fund was established in 1990 for high school seniors interested in a career in law enforcement.
Both officers were murdered Oct. 20, 1981, by six men armed with automatic weapons who jumped from the back of a van stopped at a roadblock at the New York State Thruway entrance on Mountainview Avenue off Route 59 in Nyack. A memorial to the officers stands at the site.
The shootings came shortly after a Brinks armored car was robbed of $1.6 million at the Nanuet Mall by a gang of white radicals formerly affiliated with the 1960s Weather Underground and black nationalists.
Security guard Peter Paige was murdered at the Nanuet Mall. Guard Joseph Trombino severely wounded. Trombino died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, while still working for Brinks.
The O’Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship Committee comprises South Nyack-Grand View Police Chief Robert W. Van Cura as chairman; South Nyack-Grand View Officer Brent Newbury as secretary/treasurer; The Rev. Willie Harrison as chaplan; and William M. Mooney as counsel. The board members are Clarkstown Detective Robert Shine, former Legislator Theodore Dusanenko, Clarkstown Councilman Ralph Mandia, Sgt. Raymond Bliven, Anne Marie Mucahy, state police Investigator Neil Anderson and Fanneta Glass-Miles. The honorary chairman is former state Sen. Joseph Holland and Chairman-Emeritus is Alan B. Colsey, a former South Nyack-Grand View police chief.
For more information: Write to the O’Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1024, Nyack, N.Y., 10960, or call South Nyack-Grand View Police Chief Robert Van Cura at 845-358-0206, Ext. 16. Or visit this website.
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