Members of the New York City Police Department’s Highway Patrol Unit 2 in Brooklyn returned to (LIJVS) to thank the hospital’s leadership and medical staff for the compassionate care given to a grieving widow after the loss of her husband.
In recognition of the extraordinary care following the death of Officer Marc St. Arromand, 42, of Elmont, LI, several police officers returned to the hospital to present a plaque of gratitude. St. Arromand’s widow Cecilia Jackson-St. Arromand and their five children were also in attendance.
Early on the morning of April 11, Officer St. Arromand was rushed to LIJVS immediately after he was involved in a motorcycle accident on his way to work; sadly, PO St. Arromand passed away shortly after his arrival. Within minutes, NYPD Highway Patrol officers began arriving at the hospital to support his wife and family.
Throughout the day and into the night, LIJVS staff provided grief counselors and a place for police officers and family to gather and mourn. The hospital’s kitchen staff ensured that everyone was fed. By 11 p.m. that night, it was estimated that nearly 300 police officers had visited the hospital. Because Officer St. Arromand was an organ donor, the hospital facilitated the process with LiveOnNY, the non-profit organization dedicated to helping New Yorkers achieve organ donation. Officer St. Arromand’s generosity helped at least 50 people, according to LiveOnNY.
“On the day of the accident, the hospital staff and administration showed us so much love and support,” said Captain Daniel Shouldis, Commanding Officer, NYPD Highway Patrol Unit 2. “We needed to come back and let them know that the way they treated us made us feel like we were family. We were here for almost 14 hours due to the organ donation process; it became a big bonding moment for us. Everyone from the hospital just kept coming in to check on all of us… it was really overwhelming. So we wanted to make sure that it’s never forgotten.”
“Firefighters and policeman are considered the bravest and the finest-- we had the opportunity to witness the bravest and the finest of Northwell Health in the staff of LIJVS that day,” said Joseph Marino, MD, medical director, LIJVS. “Clinical staff tirelessly tried to save a life while non-clinical staff cushioned the families and the members of the NYPD to share in their grief, support and love during the tragedy. Our attempts to heal never end with the patients…they extend to the family and whomever enters our doors.”
Dr. Marino said that the plaque given to the hospital will not only serve as a memorial to Officer Marc St. Arromand, but to the empathy and kindness displayed by every member of the staff.