A local hero in Astoria

One Astoria resident recently wrote Council Member Costa Constantindes, to share a good deed that she witnessed from Jerome Fowlkes, a participant in the Ready, Willing & Able Program.

“On May 31st, at the corner of 30th Avenue and 31st Street, I observed Jerome Fowlkes save a child.

“He was on duty in Athens Square Park at about 12:45 PM.  As a person in the Ready, Willing & Able program, he was there to keep the park clean.  I observed Jerome run out into the intersection between the park and the 7-Eleven franchise and scoop up a child about two or three years of age who had stopped in the intersection to turn to look around.  If a car came down the street, a driver may not have seen the small child.

“Out of bad comes good. If there were no Ready, Willing & Able program, there would not have been Jerome Fowlkes in Athens Square Park to do what he did. Bravo to Jerome and to you for overseeing the project that is helping keep Astoria clean.”

In honor of his quick-thinking and kindness, we proudly presented Jerome with a certificate of recognition.  Please join us in commending Jerome for his heroic actions!!

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About Author: The Doe Fund

Founded in 1985, The Doe Fund provides life-transforming services for the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, disenfranchised youth, and people living with AIDS. The organization's flagship Ready, Willing & Able program has helped tens of thousands of individuals achieve permanent self sufficiency through paid work, transitional housing, and employment training.