November 26, 2020

Sick Desk

November 26, 2020                                        UPDATE ON DANNY McGOWAN

We received the following email from Danny McGowan dan3135@optonline.net He has also received many phone calls from fellow retirees asking about his condition.

To President Mike Lanning and the entire Board of the NYC Retired Transit Police Officers Association:

Thank you for the letters and the phone calls that I received. I cannot tell you the feeling I have knowing that a lot of our members are asking about me and my condition.

I had my 1st chemo of six on 11/2/20, it was like a walk in the park. Some side effects but I got over it. 2nd chemo was 11/23. Same situation, I felt so good I visited the Bowling League. Great to see alot of friends. My diet is getting better, and I am enjoying alot of meals.Since June I lost 27 lbs and I lost my hair, which I am told will come back. My head is clear, my body is getting stronger.

Thank you all very much for your prayers and concern for me. This treatment will end 2/15/21. I do want to attend a meeting at the FOP and Antuns when normal returns and when I am well. I intend to beat this cancer. I have very caring and knowledgeable Drs in my corner.

Always, Dan McGowan
Let it be never forgotten "TRANSIT!  IT IS THE BEST"

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Danny and his wife, Emily, that he will overcome this cancer and return to good health.

November 4, 2020                          PRAYER REQUEST FOR FELLOW MEMBER


Our Lifetime Member, Ret. PO Danny McGowan, was recently diagnosed with a re-occurrence of lymphoma cancer. Several years ago, he had gone through successful treatment for a cancer illness and was doing well until he started feeling a lump under his arm which led to his current prognosis. He has started chemo and radiation and his doctors feel confident that Danny will pull through again.

We ask all our fellow Transit Family members to remember Danny and his wife, Emily, in their prayers and that he will overcome this disease and regain his full health.

You can contact Danny by email at dan3135@optonline.net or phone at 516-802-3295.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Danny and Emily that he will overcome this illness.

October 31, 2020                                       UPDATE FOR GAMON STEWART

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net  

I want to thank everyone who prayed for Gamon. On October 3 at 3:13 AM, I received a call from the nursing home. Gamon was unresponsive. We all went to the hospital, where he was placed on a respirator. The Dr. told us we can say our goodbyes; he would not make it through the night . He was gasping for air.
It would be a matter of hours and he would be gone. Sunday morning, I called the hospital and told the Dr it was ok, take him off, let him go. Four hours later, the Dr. called back to say heís breathing on his own. He has ever since breathing on his own, talking and eating .
Thanks so much to all his Transit family. Please continue to pray for us

Gamonís wife Beverleyís email is bsgsret10@aol.com. Please keep Gamon and Beverley in your prayers.  Prayers work!

We're happy to hear the good news on his progress with hopes for his full recovery.



We are happy to report that Mike came from the rehab facility yesterday, October 26th. He is feeling very good but will still have rehab sessions at home over the next few weeks. Mike said he had received many phone calls from fellow members and retirees and welcomes anyone to call him at 516-946-2932 or email at mikedor2@aol.com

Welcome home Mike and all the best for your full recovery.


From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net  as received from Richie Saunders cwousa@cfl.rr.com

Hey Louie

William (aka Bill) Caraway is now home. He can be reached on his landline:1.863.858.1958 (Primary) or Cell: 1.863.2255.2874

Happy to hear you are home, Bill. All the best for your full recovery


I received the email below from Peggy, Eddies wife, this morning and this afternoon I called Eddie and spoke with him for quite a while.  What a difference from the last time we spoke.  His spirits were high, and he has no pain in the back of his head.  He has a good appetite. He thanks all for their prayers and calls and would love for people to keep in touch with him.  His phone number is 347-672-6328
If you recall in my last email regarding Eddie, I mentioned he had two tumors on his brain that they wanted to operate on.  Peggy nixed that idea.  They asked them if they wanted to try the procedure Stereotactic Radio Surgery. This is fairly new, and they elected to try it.  I suggest, as I did, click on the link and read about it and it has a short video.  I hope you never have to use it, but it is good to know about.  I was impressed.  Please continue praying for Eddie
Hi Lou, I Just wanted to say thanks to you and all the other amazing Transit family for all the love, prayers and support sent Eddie's way. He is doing better now.  On Wednesday he had a procedure called Stereotactic Radio Surgery.
It's truly miraculous. This proton beam therapy is fairly new and we were very lucky that he was able to be treated so quickly. Orlando Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in central Florida that is equipped to do this knifeless, painless surgery. It was done as an outpatient procedure and took less than an hour. When they were done, his mind was clearer and the veil of confusion was lifted. It shrinks the Brain tumors and keeps them from growing, without damaging the surrounding tissue.  I've included a link so that everyone can know about this amazing new treatment. He still has some battles to fight and you know he will. But for now, we are hopeful and grateful for this answer to our prayers. Thank you all.  Sincerely, Peggy Vetter.

Stereotactic radiosurgery - Mayo Clinic
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) uses many precisely focused radiation beams to treat tumors and other problems in the brain, neck, lungs, liver, spine and other parts of the body.

Very happy to hear this good news and we wish Eddie & Peggy the best for his recovery.

October 23, 2020                                 UPDATE ON RET. SGT. DAVE KOLMAN

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Just to let everyone know Iím finally back home (917-622-4027) where I hope to continue my recovery.
You can contact Dave by EMAIL kingkole@optonline.net

Our prayers and best wishes to Dave that he may return to good health very soon.

October 18, 2020                                         UPDATE FOR RON CONKLIN

Ron Conklin called me the other day and tells me he is feeling well and with his ongoing rehab, on the road to full recovery. He misses his FOP meetings and seeing fellow retirees.  His email address is doowopcopron@gmail.com

We all wish Mike and Ronnie our best wishes and prayers for a quick return to good health..

October 9, 2020                            RET. P.O. GAMMON STEWART SERIOUSLY ILL

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net as received from Charlie McCray cemccray@aol.com

Dear Members and Friends

Most of us know of the many strokes suffered by Gammon Stewart and the many years his wife, Beverly Stewart, has been there right by his side.
Beverly has been informed by Gammon's doctor that the end is near. Beverly is in need of, and very much deserves, our love and support.

Let's show her we care. She can be reached at bsgsret10@aol.com.

Stay safe.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Gammon, Beverly and their family.

October 7, 2020                                           UPDATE FOR VITO DI SPIGNA

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

I was informed by Vito the other day that he has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma.  He will begin Chemo treatment tomorrow at Sloan Kettering in NYC.  Vito request prayers and also if you have ever been diagnosed with this disease, he would be very appreciative if you can call him.  His cell number is 845-325-9875.

Lou is a Lifetime Member of this association and we offer him our prayers and best wishes for a recovery from this terrible illness.

September 21, 2020                                       UPDATE ON TOM GILLESPIE

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Tom just recently had surgery on his carotid artery which he told me was pretty much clogged.  He feels that might have been the cause of the stroke he had.  As far as the stroke, he is doing fine.  He also had a stress test which went well.  You can email well wishes to him at tomg2217@verizon.net

We wish Tom well after his surgery and we offer our condolences on the death of his son, Kevin.

September 3, 2020                                                     SICK DESK UPDATES

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Thanks Louie.
I am in recovery 5 more weeks thank GOD for being in shape. The hip bone had been cracked awhile. Then it just decided to break. My bone density is great; who knows what I did. Without a doubt, the most pain I have ever felt. I was home alone, crawled around for 5 hours, kept passing out. I finally got to my bed with the phone on it. Using my good leg and upper body strength, it took me awhile to get on the bed and use the phone. That was at 2am. Passed out.Called my partner He is a Sergeant with LCSO; no answer; finally called 911. Got to the hospital at 4:35 am. They didnít operate till Thursday. I was on drugs. OMG how CAN anyone GET HOOKED ON that shit is beyond me. Tuesday or Wednesday, not sure, got phone call and talked for a while. I thought it was another friend and then he started talking cop stuff. Finally, I said who is this? It was Joe Lopiparo who I hadnít spoken to in years. This kind of injury affects your entire body including your brain. Doctor say it takes 6 weeks before you get back to normal; that is if you are in good health. My physical training etc. I am 3 to 4 weeks ahead of most people who get this. I am thankful but itís tough to do basic stuff like a shower, move around with a walker, pain and lousy sleep. PS I have a gun mounted in a pouch on my walker. ďJUST IN CASEĒ
Thanks again Dennis


I received this information From Deo Fasolino deofazz621@gmail.com

Lou, Ron had triple by pass on Thursday. All went well. He should be out of ICU by Monday or Tuesday. Stay well .

Get well wishes can be sent to him at the following address: 27 Osprey Circle, Palm Coast, FL. 32137.  His email address is doowopcopron@gmail.com

I spoke to Ron last week. He had a small setback while in rehab and was placed back in ICU.

August 22, 2020                                            SICK DESK TOMMY LORIGAN    

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

Tommy Lorigan is hospitalized on L.I. at Stonybrook Hospital with an infection from a recent surgery. You can give him a call at 631-972-8792.

Our prayers and best wishes to Tom that he will recover and return to good health.

August 15, 2020                                         RANDY STOEVER ON SICK LIST 

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 

Hi Lou, I just had kidney surgery today (8/13). My 8th kidney surgery over the last 25 years. I am trying to heal and rest. I hope all is well with you. Thank you always for the emails about our me.
Randy Stoever

The last email I sent out about Randy he was battling the covid-19 virus for quite a while.  I am assuming he has that behind him now.  He is now facing this problem now.  Please keep Randy in your prayers.  If you would like to send him best wishes his email address is Ranstoever@aol.com - Lou

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Randy that he may overcome his illnesses and return to good health.

August 2, 2020                                              DENNIS BOOTLE ON SICK LIST

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net as received from Mary Abraham


For those of you who hadnít heard, my apologies for not getting this email out earlier , I wanted to let you know that Dennis fell Sunday, 07/27 and broke his hip.  Completely broke the ball joint off the femur.  I was on a girls vacation and he ended up dragging himself to his phone over 7 hours on the floor.  Luckily 911 got him to the hospital, where they confirmed it was indeed a bad break and would require surgery.  A partial hip replacement was done on Thursday, 7/30 and he came home on Friday.  He will have at least 12 weeks recovery, with in house PT (3 x a week) and home health care.  He is up and moving, mostly to the bathroom and back to bed!

You can keep updated via his Facebook page as Iíll will update as I can.
You can reach him via email, phone, text and cards.  Understand heís a little loopy from drugs.
His email is martiallaw1220@me.com

We are asking anyone who wants to visit to understand that we are keeping those short.  Please call before coming and you must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Please pass on his story to friends as you see fit.


My phone is 352-434-2472
Cards can be sent to:  Dennis Bootle
                                      1808 Lake Eustis Dr
                                       Eustis, FL 32726

We wish Dennis a speedy recovery. 

June 20, 2020                                   CURRENT SICK LIST AND UPDATES

Our Editor, Frank Crisa, received the following information.


Just got a message from Alice Farkouh, wife of past Association President, Charlie Farkouh, that she is hospitized in Eatontown NJ, after an at-home accident. She suffered a broken leg and broken hip.
Hospital Genesis Center tel. 732 544 1557, cell 917 5797124

We recently spoke to Alice and she is in good spirits. We wish her a quick recovery back to good health

June 6, 2020                                                         SICK DESK UPDATES

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 


I havenít heard from or seen any posts from Mike since before Christmas when he went into an Independent/assisted Living facility, Grand Villa, in Largo FL.  With this virus and not hearing from him I got nervous and decided to call him yesterday.  I canít tell you how happy I was to hear him answer his cell phone.  He is fine, he sounded great, his spirits high and he loves it where he is, he said the place is beautiful.  Due to the virus there arenít any visitors allowed.  He has a 2-room suite and again because of the virus he canít go to the dining room for his meals, his meals are brought to his room.  I am sure he would love to hear from people.  His cell number is 727-510-9472

April 29, 2020                                                      SICK DESK UPDATES

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net 


Dave Kolman called me today and informed me that he has been in South Nassau Communities Hospital, in Oceanside, LI for 2 weeks with some type of bacteria infection.  They have cleared the infection but since then he hasnít had an appetite and hasnít been eating.  He has no strength, canít stand up wan walk.  While he is in this condition, they will not release him.  Thank God he does not have Covid-19. He called me to see if I knew anyone who can get him out of the hospital, which obviously I donít.  He gave me his daughter Susanís phone number  who is a nurse and been speaking to doctors daily as she is not allowed to visit him, because the hospital is lock down to visitors.  She told me he is confused, hasnít been able to speak with anyone and is lonely.  His phone number is 
917-622-4027 (cell) She believes if he gets phone calls from former co-workers would lift his spirits.