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NYPD Touts Teamwork of Hero Officers at Ozone Park Blaze

Police Officers Nicholas Cupolo, Frank Sarro, and Terryann Ferguson.

By Forum Staff The City Police Department on Friday praised the heroic actions of four 106th Precinct officers who rescued a man and helped other residents safely escape a burning Ozone Park building last month. According to police reports, on Thursday, Nov. 23, around 9:30 p.m., Neighborhood Coordination Officers John Fox and Frank Sarro (Sector C – Northern Ozone Park) were on patrol when they noticed heavy smoke along Liberty Avenue. As the cops stopped their vehicle to investigate the situation, they were met by Officers Nicholas Cupolo and his partner Terryann Ferguson, who had also stopped after noticing the plumes. They quickly determined that a residential building on Liberty Avenue near 131st Street was on fire. After radioing dispatch to notify the Fire Department, the four officers entered the

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building to help evacuate it. According to the NYPD, Sarro and Cupolo stayed as low to the floor as possible, crawling under the smoke to alert residents. They banged on a secondfloor apartment door and encountered a 31-year-old man who had been unaware of the blaze. The officers escorted the man from the building; he was later treated at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for smoke inhalation. “There was a lot of smoke, and we saw the fire inside the apartment,” Fox recalled. “I’m glad that we were able to get the man out in time.” According to department officials, after helping other people to safety, the  four officers then went  to a banquet next door and notified a group attending a party of the fastspreading fire. “These officers demonstrated courage in an extreme environment,” added Capt. Brian Bohannon, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct.

Two Wanted for Lefferts 7-Eleven Cigarette Heist in identifying two men wanted in connection with a robbery of a Kew Gardens 7-Eleven last month. According to police reports, the two suspects walked into the Lefferts Boulevard franchise on Monday, Nov. 13, around 4:15 a.m. As one man acted as a look out, the other removed a bin of cigarettes totaling $3,000 from behind the counter. Both men fled the location to parts unknown. There were no reported injuries, cops said. The perpetrators are described as black men, 19-25 years old, with dark complexions; Suspect 1 was last seen wearing a black shirt, while Suspect 2 was last seen wearing a black hoodie and a black coat. Anyone with information is asked to Photo Courtesy of NYPD The two suspects made off with a bin of cigarettes worth call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at $3,000. (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also subBy Michael V. Cusenza mit info by logging onto  or by texting their tips to 274637 Detectives assigned to the 102nd Precinct (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All corresponreached out to the public on Friday for help dences are strictly confidential.

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The Pharmacist’s Corner Presented by Frank Pantina, R.Ph

When The Swelling Gets Tough--Dealing with Edema Many people suffer from swelling of the feet and ankles, a painful and difficult chronic condition. While there are many reasons for such swelling, some of them can be treated through the use of compression socks and/or medications and supplements, while others could signal serious medical problems involving the heart, lungs, kidneys or thyroid. Make sure you investigate the source of the edema you are facing and work with your doctor and your pharmacist to relive the swelling and prevent it from recurring. Swollen feet can be caused by excessive accumulation of fluid in the tissues, generally painless, usually found in older people, overweight persons, pregnant women or a consequence of long periods in standing or sitting position. Here are some of the actions that you can take to reduce the swelling: --Put a pillow under your legs when resting to keep the feet in a higher position than the rest of the body --Wear elastic stockings that your pharmacist can help you choose according to measurements and degree of compression --Do not spend too much time seated or staying in the same position

--Exercise can reduce swelling of the legs. Blood flows naturally from the legs to the heart. Exercises stimulates normal blood circulation. --Raising the legs above the heart-promotes blood circulation to the brain --Weight loss-obesity slows blood circulation in the entire body. Losing weight helps blood to circulate better and can reduce inflammation in the extremities. --Reduce salt intake and adopt a balanced diet Finally you can try these two fairly successful home remedies: Applications with vinegar – alternation, one hot, another cold is an alternative treatment for leg swelling. Mix two equal parts of water and vinegar soak a towel, and apply for 7-10 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times. -Boil 250 ml water, 1 / 2 tablespoon molasses 1 tablespoon anise. Keep it boiling until only a half of the mixture will remain. Drink this mixture in three or four rounds during the day as it can reduce swelling of the feet, provided it is not triggered by a chronic disease. Remember if the swelling persists or is accompanied by other symptoms like shortness of breath or any discomfort in the chest, seek medical help immediately. Stay warm…Until next time.

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Civic Hosts Santa, Community at Annual Holiday Party

The Richmond Hill Block Association’s annual holiday party on Saturday featured families, fun, and a visit from a certain North Pole native who always seems to be quite busy this time of year. That’s right: Santa Claus swung by the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center on Jamaica Avenue to visit area

kids—even those who find themselves on the Naughty List right now. “Christmas spirit is in the air! Santa is taking pictures with the kids at the Richmond Hill Block Association,” Capt. Courtney Nilan, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, wrote on Twitter. Photo Courtesy of NYPD