Friday, November 2, 2012
This past Sunday October 28, 2012 I was honored as the New York City Police Department's "Shomrim Society" 88th annual award "Person of the Year".
Thank you to the Shomrim Society for honoring me as "Person of the Year" award. The first Shomrim Society was established in the New York City Police Department in 1924. The goal of the society appears atop its stationery so that Law Enforcement Officers of the Jewish faith may join together for the Welfare of all.
A special thanks to my friend and former San Francisco 49er John Frank (the other Torah-observant Jewish NFLer) for accepting this award on my behalf since I was unable to attend.
This award means a great deal to me. My older brother Steve is a 26-year veteran for the Miami-Dade Police Department. In fact my brother Steve was instrumental in getting me off the streets of Miami and involved with football. He also became my workout partner and punching bag for years. It is also to his credit that I became a speaker as he was a DARE officer in his early years often asking me to speak at DARE graduations in my offseason from the NFL.
Thanks again to the Shomrim Society for this recognition and thank you police officers everywhere for the great work that they do, I’m a big fan!Alan ‘Shlomo’ Veingrad