Yorktown Drivers Honored for Life-Saving Actions

Four drivers for the Yorktown Senior Center are credited with saving lives: David Humphrey, Mark Bistro, Sal Rivera and Terence DeVeau. Credits: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Four town employees credited with going above and beyond their job descriptions were honored last week for quick-thinking actions that likely saved the lives of several Yorktown seniors.

Noreen O’Driscoll, director of nutrition at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, said the town drivers, who also deliver meals to homebound seniors, have disregarded protocol by taking extra steps to ensure the safety of seniors who didn’t answer the door.

O’Driscoll, speaking at the Feb. 6 Town Board meeting, said standard procedure is to leave a note on the door and call the office so the family can be notified. Her drivers, however, have a sense of when something is amiss and immediate action is needed.

Sign Up for E-News

Sal Rivera, an employee since 2002, recently encountered this situation. Knowing it would be unusual for a particular senior to not be at home, Rivera stayed and listened for any sounds emanating from the residence.

“He heard a very faint sound and continued around to the window, where he could see this woman lying on the floor,” O’Driscoll said. “He called the office and the police, and her family was notified.”

• To read more from this story in the newspaper, please request a FREE subscription to Yorktown News by clicking on the following link:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


I Do Not Make Stuff Up!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in my column, “Watergate analogies apply to Obama, not Trump,” that President Obama’s Justice Department planted a spy in the Trump campaign. I said I used the term “spy” because this was a counter-intelligence operation, not a criminal investigation, where the term informant would have been proper.

That statement has been brought ...

Interview with Senate Candidate, Robert Kesten

The seat in the 40th Senate District of New York, currently occupied by Republican Sen. Terrence Murphy, is up this year. Senator Murphy, who has announced he is seeking re-election, has already started campaigning. On the Democratic side, newcomer Robert Kesten entered the race. Challenging him for the Democratic nomination is former county Legislator Peter Harckham. Kesten and Harckham will ...

What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?

Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game.

After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than spontaneously join his teammates in an on-field celebration, as is customary, the pitcher ...

Packing Heat

“Are you leaving me?” asked my husband one night as he surveyed the contents of my closet on our bed.

“What? No!” I said. “Why would you think that?”

“Every single article of clothing you own is laid out on our bed,” he replied. “So I have to assume you are either leaving me or you have joined the armed services and if that’s the ...

What More Can Murphy Do?

June 21, 2018

In his letter “Murphy should address gun laws” (June 14), Bernard Lipsy praises Sen. Terrence Murphy and then condemns him for not keeping guns away from people that shouldn’t have them. I was wondering just what new laws he would propose? How many more laws are needed? How about enforcing the numerous laws already on the books, which, by the way, isn’t being done?

What ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, June 23, 12:00 PM

Club Fit, Jefferson Valley

Yoga for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness


Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

Bocce Open Play


Thu, June 28, 12:30 PM

Frankie and Augie'Z, Jefferson Valley

IBM Retirees Club

Community Calendar

Yorktown Youth Soccer Club Results

June 15, 2018

Sunday, June 10  - The Yorktown Crew clinched the Westchester Youth Soccer League JV-1 Division with a 4-3 win over Rivertown FC on Sunday. The team has been on a remarkable run for the past 2 seasons with a team record of 16-1-1. Sunday’s matchup vs Rivertown had a championship like atmosphere as Rivertown trailed Yorktown by 1 point in the standings. The Crew worked hard all week in ...