The Mets and David Wright will honor NYPD heroes this season through the "The Wright Thing" community platform. The initiative underscores Wright's admiration and respect of law enforcement personnel as his father, Rhon, served in the Norfolk Police Department for 30 years before retiring as Assistant Police Chief in January.
"The Wright Thing" launched last year with Wright honoring volunteers who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of individuals and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The season-long initiative raised awareness that more work needed to be done to help our hometown continue the recovery and rebuilding process.
Honorees are invited to Citi Field to meet Wright before the game, install third base with the grounds crew, sit along the third base line, and enjoy an in-game video on Citi Vision that features their meeting.
James Li, Randy Chow, Khadijah Hall, and Shaun Alexander
On April 26 The first "The Wright Thing" honorees of the season were NYPD Police Officers James Li and Randy Chow along with FDNY EMTs Khadijah Hall and Shaun Alexander. Officer Li was shot once in each leg while chasing a suspect who entered a Brooklyn bus through the rear door. Both officers graduated from the Police Academy in December. EMTs Hall and Alexander were off duty and came to the assistance of Li.
Leslyn Stewart is the widow of Detective Dillon Stewart who was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop in 2005. The driver fired at him and his partner and Officer Stewart died in the battle. In 2012, Stewart founded the Metro New York Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. The organization's goal is to provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Mets WELCOMED Stewart and her family as "The Wright Thing" honorees on May 21. For more information on C.O.P.S., visit http://www.metronycops.org/.
Adrian Harris and Aml Elsokary
NYPD Sergeant Adrian Harris and Police Officer Aml Elsokary saved residents from a burning building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The partners went door to door evacuating residents including a one-year old infant. While all the residents were evacuated without injuries, both officers were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital. The Mets and Wright welcomed Sgt. Harris on June 25. Officer Elsokary was unable to attend because of a family commitment, but will meet Wright later this season.
On July 29, NYPD Sergeant Jonathon Zocchia, Police Officer Joseph Benson and their families met with Wright. The partners responded to a call of a man complaining of chest pain after playing in a softball game. The man turned out to be an off-duty police officer. By the time Sgt. Zocchia and Officer Benson arrived at the scene, the man had lost consciousness and didn't have a pulse. The partners administered CPR and shocked the man's heart twice while EMS was in route. EMS arrived and successfully revived the man. They credited the efforts of Sgt. Zocchia and Officer Benson with saving's the man's life.