2001-11-01 / Other News

Ex-Firefighter Asks For Help In Finding Pickpocketed Wallet

By Charles Rogers
Ex-Firefighter Asks For Help In Finding Pickpocketed Wallet By Charles Rogers

Ex-Firefighter Asks For Help In Finding Pickpocketed Wallet By Charles Rogers

NYC firefighter Michael DeMeo worked for Engine Co. 240 until his retirement a short time ago, but, just as all "brothers" of the NYFD do, he kept in contact with his former partners — close contact.

Obviously, when he heard of the September 11th disaster, having been personal friends with some of the 300 firefighters who died on that fateful morning, he was among the first to volunteer to take a hand in the search and rescue operation at "Ground Zero," the site of the tragedy.

He has been right there among the volunteers "since day one," he says, until something outrageous put a crimp in things and makes that volunteerism tougher lately.

"Some pickpocket grabbed my wallet with every bit of identification I have," he said. "Every bit!"

Now, because official identification papers are so extremely important, he has to depend on "getting by" on just some temporary I.D.s and the word of his former fellow-workers.

"It slows me down," he says, "when all I want to do is help." We found out about his dilemma through a letter he wrote to us asking for our assistance.

"I want to get information to the thief who picked my wallet on October 10th at the corner of Rockaway Parkway and Avenue N," he said. "I was hoping you’d keep the $270 and return the contents of the wallet."

He said he wants to assure the pickpocket that the police have been notified and are on the alert for anybody impersonating a NYC firefighter. "If they’re caught with my badge they’ll be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," he warned.

DeMeo then asked for our help, along with a plea to the thief: "If you have any common decency, you will mail it to the Canarsie Courier — No questions asked."

We won’t ask questions either. Just mail it to us at 1142 East 92nd Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11236 and we’ll see that ex-firefighter DeMeo gets it.

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