Volume 79, Number 17 | Sept. 30 - Oct 6, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933


Villager photos by Isaac Rosenthal

9th community affairs officer gets royal treatment

Ninth Precinct Community Council President Jerry Shea and more than 100 friends and neighbors honored Detective Jaime Hernandez, above center, for his 20 years of service as a community affairs officer at the Ninth Precinct at an extraordinary surprise event on Sept. 17. Deputy Inspector Dennis DeQuatro, the precinct’s commanding officer, brought a large contingent of precinct officers to the East Village event at the Ukrainian National Home on Second Ave. Detective Hernandez was given a seat of honor in a throne and serenaded with songs. Jaime Hernandez, Jr., 21, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard’s police unit, stationed in Baltimore, Md., was on hand for the community tribute to his father, below. The celebration was a surprise for Hernandez, Sr., who thought he was going to a routine community forum. “You guys make my job here easy — you, the members of the community,” Hernandez told the well-wishers.

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