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Camping in the park with the NYPD

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2019.

The second annual overnight Baisley Pond Park Camping Trip, organized by the NYPD’s 113th Precinct, welcomed 150 children from South and Southeast Queens on July 25, more than three times last year’s inaugural camping trip.

In the top row left, officers toast marshmallows for hungry campers. Next to them, clockwise from top left, Emily Rodriguez, Eunice, Eliana and Noah Barrera already have pitched their tent, while at right Keira Myers and Ileanna LeBron know camping means s’mores!

In the second row, Renecia Chandler, left, Janeicya Jones, Gialeah and Genesis Chandler say “MMMMarshmallows!” In the second row center, officers from the NYPD’s Neighborhood Coordination School Initiative volunteered as chaperones. The unit works with schools in the Patrol Borough Queens South command. At far right, Det. Tanya Duhaney, community affairs officer in the 113th Precinct, joins some of the other volunteers just as the dancing starts.

Third row left, Sgt. Cynthia Rodriguez and Officer Margarita Barahone tend the grill. Next to them are volunteers from the Black Forest Group, a social organization of military veterans, cooked, chaperoned and provided many of the tents and much of the equipment. Second from right, Community Board 12 Chairwoman Rene Hill and De’borah Washington of the City Emergency Response team take a breather as children nearby get their first Macarena lessons. In the fourth row, DJ Stunna, near right, kept the evening lively. Far right, Carl Henriques of Black Forest and Ace Frazier of the 113th Precinct Community Council prep food.

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