Mayor Frank Catalina, representing the City of Peekskill, recognized several individuals who made contributions to the city at the Dec. 28 meeting of the Common Council. Two such individuals—Peekskill Yacht Club employees Brian Calabro and John Ricci—were recognized for saving three jet-skiers from the waters of Hudson River on Sunday, Nov. 9.
Mayor Catalina, in his own words:
“On Nov. 9 2015, at a time when most people stop water sports for the season, three men thought it was cool to go on a Jet Ski in an active Hudson River but they capsized and they were fighting for their lives in the water when Brian Calabro and John Ricci, from the Peekskill Yacht Club, saw what was happening and they went into action.
Brian and John, you distinguished yourselves by reacting quickly and selflessly when you saw three men struggling after their WaveRunner capsized in the Hudson River on Nov. 9. You didn’t wait for first responders, you acted without hesitation and immediately mobilized the boat to undertake their rescue. Your acts that day saved the lives of three men, and were taken without regard to your own personal safety.
You’re members of the Peekskill Yacht Club, whose members have historically been prepared to serve Hudson River boaters who are in distress for years. The City of Peekskill has been blessed throughout its history with fine organizations like the Peekskill Yacht Club and citizens like you who step forward in a time of need without regard to their own personal safety, in the spirit of service over self.
Therefore, I, Frank Catalina, mayor of the City of Peekskill, on behalf of all city residents, do recognize and thank you for your heroic acts, and I have directed the city clerk of the City of Peekskill to enter in the official books and records of the city that today, Dec. 28, 2015, shall be known forever as Brian Calabro and John Ricci Day in the City of Peekskill.”