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July 16, 2021                                      UPDATES - FRANK CRISA & JOE McGARRY
Our esteemed Editor, Frank Crisa, aka "Merlin,' had a successful surgery on Friday, July 9th, at NYU Langone Hospital in Manhattan to correct scar tissue from his previous surgery a few years ago.  He is home and recuperating and continuing to work on the next edition of our newsletter. He is still in some pain, but he says he will overcome it.

Joe McGarry is home recuperating from his surgery and is still in a lot of pain and discomfort but he knows this is part of the healing process.

This was taken last Tuesday the 14th at Joe's home.

The tumor results confirmed it was cancer. His doctor said all margins came back negative so his prognosis is he is cured. About 85 to 90% of his kidney remains. The stent will be removed in 2 weeks and a follow up MRI will be done in 3 to 4 months. He has to watch his diet which he will discuss further with his nephrologist next week.

Great news for both Frank and Joe and please continue to keep them and all our fellow retirees on the Sick List in your prayers and thoughts. As was said: "Prayers do work." Frank and Joe thank all who have called or left messages with their thoughts and prayers.

June 30, 2021                                                 ED RANIERI ON THE SICK LIST
From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Ed is having some health issues and prayers are requested for him. Calling on our Transit Police Prayer Warriors.

Back in the early '90s, Ed was on the Executive Board of the Retirees Associaton and was instrumental in the first attempts to get the VSF benefit for those unjustly denied it. Unfortunately, the odds were stacked against us and, as they say, the rest is history. Sadly, Ed resigned from the board because of differences with the current president at the time, Mike Spadafora.

Please keep Ed, and all the other Transit retirees on the Sick List, in your prayers.

June 29, 2021                                JOE McGARRY IS HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL

We are happy to report that Joe McGarry is now home from the hospital after a very serious surgery, and his kidney numbers are good considering what he still has.

We wish him well during his recuperation. Please keep Joe in your prayers. Joe can't wait to get back in business with Lodge 317. As Lou Hollander would say: "Prayers work!"

June 25, 2021                               UPDATES,  TOM GREER and GEORGE McMONIGLE                                            

From John Tully jdtsonic@yahoo.com 

George McMonigle is in ICU in a hospital in North Carolina. I got a message from his daughter Meaghan. She's asking for prayers. His kidneys are failing. He retired out of TD 20 in 1997. Thanks.

Tom Greer is feeling much better and is back at work with NCPD. He misses his ticket writing and can't wait to add to the coffers of Nassau County.

George & Tom thank and appreciate all for their prayers and best wishes.

Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

June 21, 2021                         SICK DESK REPORTING - - - FRANK FRANCO & PAT FIORITO

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Hi Louis
This is Sue Franco, emailing you from Florentino (Frank) Francoís email. Frank wanted me to let you know that on Monday, June 14, 2021 he had a quintuple bypass surgery, today (June 18th) they moved him from ICU to a cardiac unit. Heís doing very well and doctors are very happy with his progress.

All the best.
Susing (Sue) Franco

Frank isnít up to phone calls.  If you like, you can email Frank at Genfrank1@aol.com


I am informed by Pat Fiorito that his wife Phyllis is having surgery and calling on our Transit Police Prayer warriors to pry that the operation is successful. You can send well-wishes to Pat at rito302@bellsouth.net 

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Frank and Phyllis that they will fully recover from their surgeries.

June 12, 2021                                     SICK LIST - RET. DET. RICHARD COTE

From Daniel Nieroda nierodalaw@hotmail.com

Ret. Det. Richard Cote has been in and out of Stony Brook Hospital for Pulmonary Disease and is now at the Momentum Rehabilitation Center at 340 East Main Street, East Islip, NY 11730 Tel (631) 581-6400.  He is able to talk and would really appreciate hearing form the anyone who remembers him. 

He worked in the PDO, CWPS, City wide Anti-Crime and the Pickpocket Squad.  Please pray for his recovery. 

Thanks, Lt. Dan Niereoda, Retired


From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

Hi Lou,
The doctors still haven't made a decision on whether I need treatment and, if so, what type would be best.
Because of several health of issues related to 10 months of working at the Staten Island 9/11 Forensic Recovery Site, my choices are limited.  A slow growing cancer was found on 1% of one cell. Body scan, MRI and all other tests show no cancer elsewhere. I'm 79 and normally they would suggest no treatment at all, but my PSA score is 62 and that's the concern. So, I'll leave things in GOD's hands and hope for the best.

Artie Giammarino can be contacted at artie911@aol.com

A prayer request by Jerry Molloy who will be having  surgery on his eye lid for a cancer removal. Jerryís email address is molloy8150@yahoo.com

From Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

FYI visitation information for my Dad, Carl Williams

Peninsula Nursing & Rehab
50-15 Beach Channel Drive, Queens NY 11691   Room 3 Ocean

Call Ellen from the Recreation Dept. 1(718) 734-2027

Visiting hours
10:00 to 10:30am
11:15am to 11:45am
2:00pm to 2:30pm

Itís good to get there 30 minutes before to take a rapid covid test. They encourage that but they also canít force you. Youíd have to wear your mask and they give you a face shield in addition if you donít wish to be tested. Testing is super easy.

April 12, 2021                                             CURRENT RETIREES ON THE SICK LIST

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizom.net

Last Thursday, April 7th, (Ret. Capt) Arnie Fisher underwent a quadruple by-pass at Stoney Brook Hospital.  I was speaking with him last night for a while and he sounded very good, and his spirits seemed high.  He is experiencing some pain.  Arnie, being Arnie, before we ended our conversation, told me a joke, and it was a good one too. 

If you would like to give him a call, I am sure he would be glad to hear from you. His phone number is 631-928-6182.

From Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

Ret. Sgt. George Young informs us that he received a call from Ret. P.O. Bill Velasco.
Bill requested that we inform the members that he was traveling to SC and will be getting a kidney transplant.
He asked for our prayers of support.

My Pop, Ret. P.O. Carl Williams, is recovering from the surgery and is now in a rehabilitation center in Queens. He fell and broke his hip and arm. They offered about 4 compassion visits that Keisha and I have used up already, so he's now adjusting to not getting visits until they open them up again. It would mean the world if you all had a little time to ring him and give him a little cheering up. 
Monday Wed and Friday after 5:30pm is good and any other day after 1 pm. He gets dialysis on M,W & F.
(678) 675-8644
He has an iPhone.

Stay safe

From Charles McCray as received from Richard A. Saunders cwousa@cfl.rr.com

William Caraway was admitted to Lakeland Regional Hospital 2 weeks ago for foot and leg issues via ambulance. The issues have now been elevated to sepsis infection to the leg and foot. He is now in a crisis situation and has been transferred to the critical care unit.
Request that we all pray for his recovery.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Bill, Carl and William, that they may fully recover from their surgeries and return to good health.

March 9, 2021                                                     SICK DESK UPDATES

From Charles McCray cemcray@aol.com


McKinley's wife Hopie  informs us that our many prayers have helped McKinley tremendously. She sends her thanks
and updates us as follows. Reaves-Bey has been in Methodiist Hospital for a little over a month. While being treated for his condition of internal bleeding, he was diagnosed with Covid-19. He has responded well to all treatments, he is jolly and very much ready to get out of there.

Hopie is expecting him to be discharged soon. She asks for your continued prayers.
She can be reached at 718 857-3059

Stay safe,

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Ed is supposed to go into the hospital sometime this week to have spine surgery, please keep him in your prayers.  Edís address is Jaialaied@aol.com


From Charles McCray cemccray@aol.com

Ret. P.O. Mckinley Reaves-Bey has been in Methodist hospital for the past two weeks.
He is suffering from internal bleeding resulting from radiation treatments, and has undergone three transfusions.
His wife. Hopie, says he is resting well and is still himself. (We know what that means)
Hopie informs me that calls to her for updates are welcome. She can be reached at (718) 857-3059.

Stay safe

Danny McGowan called me and said his chemo treatments are completed and he is feeling great. He wishes to thank all who prayed for him, called or sent emails and so happy to be in this Transit Family.


From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Joe Sullivan is at Belle Air Largo FL Rehab and would love to hear from guys.  727437 4718.  Prayers are requested. 


I spoke to Alan and he didnít sound good.  He is in a lot of pain.  He was supposed to go into the hospital a week ago last Friday but that had to be cancelled due to the fact his blood count was low.  He went in the following Monday and had a pacemaker inserted and a lead put onto his defibrillator.  He also had to have rectal surgery due to bleeding hemorrhoids which he said they bandaged them.  He must go back next Monday for more surgery.  He has a leaky valve, which they may have to replace or clamp. He requests prayers and asks that you hold off on phone calls.  He thanks everyone for their prays and Many emails which he hasnít gotten around to answer.  Alanís email is berky4@aol.com


UPDATE: 2/14/21 

Also received from Lenny. Jimmy is at home taking it step by step.  Requests no phone calls.  Prayers always welcome..

I have been informed by Lenny Hershkovitz that Jimmy is up out of bed walking with a walker, and he is talking and eating.  He thanks everyone for the prayers that were sent his way.  He expects to be getting out of hospital this Thursday.  He canít receive any phone calls.  You can email him at nunez22770@optonline.net. Keep the prayers coming.

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Alan & Jimmy for their recoveries

January 30, 2021                       PRAYERS REQUEST - RET. LT. FRANK McGUINESS

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net

Retired Lt. Frank McGuinness, retired in 1994 from TPD and is a Deacon in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. His son, James, came on the job in 2009 and has worked in the Transit Bureau since then.  He is currently assigned to District 1.
James just underwent a liver transplant at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  I am calling on all our Transit Police Prayer Warriors for prayers for James. Frankís e-mail address is:

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Frank for a full recovery back to good health.


From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


I just spoke with Jerry this morning and he informed me that he just got out of the hospital the night before last.  He said he is feeling great and is glad to be home.  He has been in the hospital with COVID since January 3rd and has been on oxygen, which he still is on and will be on for maybe another week or two.  He wants to that all the many people that had called him and prayed for him.  He is very grateful.  He requests that you hold off on calling him being that he is on oxygen he has a difficult time talking.  He said you can email him at lvnlg924@bellsouth.net


I was informed by Lenny Hershkovitz that Jimmy has improved a bit. They are weening him off the ventilator and I believe they have him on a cpac machine also. He has been sedated since he was admitted to the hospital with COVID.  Please keep him in your prayers.


Danny called me last night to tell us that his last scan revealed no signs of cancer, thank God. He will continue with his chemo treatments but he and Emily are very happy with this good news.
We wish him well with further recovery.

January 12, 2021                                                 SICK DESK UPDATES

 From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


I received a voice mail from Lenny Hershkovitz that Jimmy was taken of the respirator and put on a ventilator. Please keep Jimmy in your prayers.  At the familyís request, please do not call his home as his wife and daughter are quarantining and are not up to calls.

January 7, 2021                                           SICK DESK CALL TO PRAYERS

From Lou Hollander


I have been informed by Lenny Hershkovitz   LennyHersh@gmail.com that Jimmy was admitted to the hospital on December 30th with COVID.
Iíve been led to believe Jimmy was in serious condition and put on a respirator, not a ventilator. Jimmyís daughter has covid also but is quarantined at home.

Jimmyís wife, Gloria, got her test results back yesterday and is positive and is also being quarantined at home.  Prayers are requested for Jimmy and his family.

Get well wishes can be emailed to Jimmy nunez22770@optonline.net or snail mail Ten Cambridge Dr, Cambridge NJ 08527

Jimmyís family requests that you refrain from calling his home.  Thank you.

Our prayers go out to Jimmy, his wife, and their family, that he will overcome this illness and get back to good health.

December 22, 2020                                   UPDATE ON DANNY McGOWAN

I recently spoke to Danny McGowan, asking how he is feeling with his chemo treatments. He said that after his 3rd treatment, he is feeling great and looks forward to recovering his health. He thanks all who have contacted him and offered their prayers and support.

We wish Danny and Emily well.

December 12, 2020                                      SICK DESK CALL TO PRAYERS

From Lou Hollander keystonecop1@verizon.net


Calling on all Transit Police Prayer warriors.  Bobís wife, Kathleen, has serious multiple health issues and is hospitalized and in the need of prayers. Please keep her in you daily prayers. Bobís email is npbobkat68@gmail.com

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Kathleen and Bob that she will overcome her illness and return to good health.

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

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

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.