GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Greenburgh Police Explorer Christopher Keenan was just doing what came naturally when he came across a fellow injured cyclist in April and gave aid and comfort.
According to Greenburgh Police Sgt. Robert Gramaglia, who is a Commanding Officer, Community Affairs, Keenan came across an injured 47-year-old man while riding his bicycle near Coca Cola.
"Christopher (Keenan) came across an injured party and stopped to help," Gramaglia said. "The injured (man), victim of a fall off his bicycle, was lying in the pathway with difficulty breathing and what was later diagnosed at the hospital as a dislocated shoulder."
Keenan assisted the victim, while others passing by did not, he said. He explained to onlookers that he is a Town of Greenburgh Explorer and he had first aid training, assessed the situation and then called the Greenburgh Police Department and requested an ambulance.
"Once the injured party was transported to the Medical Center, Christopher left his (own) bike unattended at the scene and rode the injured party's bicycle to his home and safeguarded it," Gramaglia said. "He then ran back to the scene and retrieved his personal bicycle."
Keenan was a participant in the Town of Greenburgh Summer Youth Program in 2010 and 2011 receiving the “Best Overall” award both years. He and the Explorers competed in the East Coast Explorer Competition in Meriden, Conn., in early May, where the team placed fourth overall among 44 teams.
According to Gramaglia, Keenan did not tell the story to any of the Greenburgh police officers he interacts with on a weekly basis at Explorer meetings or training events.
"It just so happened, that when I ran into his father, he couldn’t hold back how proud he was of his son," Gramaglia said. "This past week I approached Christopher and asked him about what happened, Surprised that I knew, he responded, 'It’s no big deal, I helped the guy, and what did you think I would do?' ”
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