Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer recently joined Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Town Clerk Carol Quirk, and Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma to honor three members of the community for their heroic acts that helped save a 12-year-old boy who fell into an icy Babylon canal. 7-year-old Finn Chatterton heard a screaming sound and immediately alerted his father, Patrick. The two found the boy in the icy water, extended a shovel for him to grasp, and called the police. When Suffolk County First Precinct Officer Kristen Derkevics arrived, the three were able to pull the boy safely out of the water.
Officer Derkevics, Patrick and Finn Chatterton were each presented with the Town of Babylon Heroism Award – the highest honor bestowed to residents by the Town. Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey was also in attendance to present a proclamation honoring the three heroes, as well as recognition on behalf of Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory. The officials commended the three for their brave actions and thanked them for their service to the Town.
Pictured with representatives from the Suffolk County Police Department are Deputy Supervisor Martinez (left), First Precinct Inspector Mat Lewis (fifth from left), Supervisor Schaffer (left from center), Patrick Chatterton (center), Finn Chatterton (fifth from right), Officer Derkevics (fourth from right), Legislator McCaffrey (third from right), Receiver of Taxes DiSomma (second from right), and Clerk Quirk (right).