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LD 17 - Legislator Tom Donnelly

Posted on: March 27, 2018

Hero Deer Park Resident and School District Employee Honored by Legislator Donnelly



Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly joined the Deer Park School District on March 15 in honoring Larry Hickam, a local resident and district employee who helped save the life of a man who was stuck on the tracks of the Long Island Railroad.

In a ceremony held at the Deer Park School District Administration Building, Legislator Donnelly presented Mr. Hickam with a Proclamation for the heroic actions he took when, on his way to the Deer Park Transportation depot to start his shift as a bus driver in January, he spotted a man in a wheelchair stuck on the railroad tracks in Deer Park. He immediately pulled over, rushed to the man and found the electric wheelchair’s wheels had locked with one caught in a rut. Unable to free the wheelchair on his own, Mr. Hickam flagged-down another driver. Working quickly, the Good Samaritans were able to free the trapped wheelchair and lift the man to safety just minutes before a Long Island Railroad express train passed through the crossing.

“Larry Hickam demonstrated a selfless act of courage,” said Legislator Donnelly. “His heroic actions are an inspiration to the local community, and it was a privilege to honor him.”

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Pictured right, Legislator Tom Donnelly presents a Proclamation to Larry Hickam, a Deer Park resident and school district employee whose heroic actions helped save the life of a man in January.

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