By: Jonathan Lehman/Meredith Ganzman
New York’s Finest suited up to become real-life superheroes for some kids in the hospital.
NYPD officers donned the costumes of Spider-Man, Captain America, Batman and other comic-book legends for a heroic visit to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Queens, where the brave young patients have complicated and long-term medical issues.
The cops from the Emergency Services Unit even rappelled from the roof of the hospital, to the delight of dozens of kids watching from outside or from their bedroom windows. Later, the police officers spent time with the youngsters in their rooms.
Veteran police officer Merritt Riley, who now works for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and has a teenage son who lives with cerebral palsy, helped to organize the event.
“It felt great,” Riley said, according to the New York Post. “I can’t really put it into words, it’s something that just hits you in the heart. … It’s a great feeling to make these kids feel special in a good light and get them things they wouldn’t get in a given day.”