Beep honors new batch of Brooklyn ‘Heroes’

Real heroes: Borough President Adams awarded Emma’s Torch Culinary Director Alexander Harris, holding citation left, police officers Charles Edwards and Damion Graham, holding citations middle, and NYPD Deputy Inspector Joseph Seminara, holding citation right, with “Heroes of the Month” awards on Dec. 28.
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Borough President Adams honored great Brooklynites for acts of heroism amid a ceremony at Borough Hall on Dec. 28.

The beep started out with his heroes for the month of October, police officers Charles Edwards and Damion Graham, who saved the life of a 1-year-old baby, which stopped breathing aboard a C train Downtown on Oct. 8.

The patrolmen responding to a 911 call didn’t wait for paramedics to arrive to immediately begin performing CPR on the infant, which ultimately saved the child’s life, according to Adams.

“Cases like this are proof positive that these first responders are often in the best position to be the life savers we need,” Adams said.

The borough president then awarded NYPD Deputy Inspector Joseph Seminara for his help in rescuing a woman trapped in a burning car on the Belt
Parkway in Canarsie.

Seminara was coming off a 14-hour shift as commanding officer of the 23rd Precinct on Nov. 28, when he spotted a two-vehicle wreck that had left both cars ablaze, and he pulled over to offer assistance, ultimately working with another mysterious good Samaritan to extract a woman trapped within one of the smoldering sedans.

“We are proud and fortunate to have such devoted heroes among the ranks of the NYPD,” said Adams.

Finally, Adams honored a Carroll Gardens non-for-profit restaurant, called Emma’s Torch, which employs refugees and survivors of human trafficking as student chefs, who earn job skills, are provided English courses, and are aided in finding further employment.

“Emma’s Torch personifies what’s great about this country and what’s great about giving back and allowing people to find hope and prosperity in the greatest country alive,” Adams said.— Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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