Retired Emergency Manís Association
Pete Conlin and Gary Arndt are active members of REMA. They deserve our thanks and admiration for backing up the E-Spirit we talk about with their selfless actions.
Retired NYPD officer returns from New Orleans
(F.O.P Stephen P. Driscoll Lodge Honors Peter Conlin)
By TERRY CORCORAN - Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 'The Journal News' / White Plains, NY
In a 20-plus year career with the New York City
Police Department, Mahopac resident Peter Conlin responded to the 1993
bombing at the World Trade Center, was among several NYPD officers sent to
Oklahoma City after the 1995 bombing and worked at Ground Zero after Sept.
11. Conlin, who retired last year, was home in early September after
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast,
watching the ensuing mayhem on TV. After several days, his wife asked him,
"So when are you leaving?"
Conlin recalled how police from across the country came to New York's aide after Sept. 11. Even though he was no longer on the job, he wanted to help in New Orleans.
In early September, he packed his bullet-proof vest and a service weapon, rented a pickup truck and drove south. He arrived at Harrah's Casino in New Orleans, where police were gathering, although he wasn't sure what he'd do. "I offered to even push a broom," he said. "I just wanted to help out in some way."
He was assigned to an Arizona State Police SWAT team led by a New Orleans captain. They chased looters but also rescued people while trying to convince others to leave. Conlin said he was amazed at the dedication of New Orleans officers. Many were living out of their cruisers in a Wal-Mart parking lot, their air-conditioned cars the only relief from the heat. "These officers had no clothes, no uniforms, no precinct," Conlin said. "Eighty percent of them had lost their homes. I was just amazed at the determination of these officers to not give up their city."
Conlin stayed a week, working with officers from New Orleans and across the country, before driving a New Orleans officer to be with his family in Ohio.
The Stephen P. Driscoll Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police recently honored Pete Conlin, fellow Putnam County resident, and former NYPD member Gary Arndt and his former partner, Steve Williamson, for their recent volunteer work in New Orleans.
"These guys went down there on their own time because they felt compelled to return the favor (from Sept. 11)," said lodge president Jim O'Neill, a retired NYPD member.