Join us to honor “Heroes 4 Our Heroes” police supporter

September 21, 2016

Dear PBA Member:

As you may know, on September 12 every patrol command in the city received a special delivery in the form of four-foot-long hero sandwiches donated by the “Heroes 4 Our Heroes” project. Similar deliveries — more than 3,200 sandwiches in total — were made at police facilities in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The man behind this project is Donato Panico, owner of Panico’s Community Market in Smithtown. His simple gesture of support for first responders has its roots in the days following September 11, 2001, when he loaded up his catering truck and drove to Ground Zero to provide food and water for those participating in the rescue and recovery operations. Fifteen years later, Donato and his team of volunteers are continuing to look out for the women and men who protect the New York City area, and this year’s sandwich donation was their largest effort to date.

It’s time to say thank you. This Sunday, the NYC PBA will be joined by the Nassau and Suffolk County PBAs — and the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums — for a plaque presentation ceremony at Panico’s Market in Smithtown. We encourage all PBA members who are available to come help us express our thanks to Donato and his team.

WHEN: Sunday, September 25 — assemble at 10:30am
WHERE: Panico’s Community Market, 186 Terry Rd., Smithtown NY

  • Please park and assemble in the parking lot of the Blacksmith Tavern
    (across Terry Rd. from Panico’s Market)
  • Attend in uniform if possible


Patrick J. Lynch