In just two short weeks, students, teachers, and parents from Dyker Heights’ I.S. 201 were able to raise $1,200 for the NYPD PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund and on Friday, January 30, presented NYPD Captain James Palumbo with the check—funds that will provide assistance to widows, widowers and eligible dependents of police officers who have died in the line of duty.
“We’re proud of all our young kids that support the NYPD,” said Palumbo. “We’re happy that they’re supporting law enforcement, especially during these difficult times.”
Palumbo, who was promoted to captain in 2012, now oversees Police Service Area One, a unit that patrols the New York City Housing Developments in the confines of the 60th, 61st, 63rd, 69th, 76th and 78th Precincts.
The captain spent the morning addressing the students of I.S. 201 and answering questions about what it is like to be a New York City police officer.
After answering pressing questions like “what was the scariest experience you’ve had on duty?” and “what made you want to be a police officer?” Palumbo graciously accepted a “care package” of some of the Dyker school’s apparel.
“He is a dear friend to all of us at Dyker,” said Principal Robert Ciulla of Palumbo. “It’s very important, the goal that we’ve all reached here together, to make a difference, to impact the people that are suffering. We did make a difference.”
After accepting the check, Palumbo spoke about how proud he was of the students.
“They’re in a great environment here at I.S. 201 and it means a lot to me to speak to them,” Palumbo said.