It was one of the worst nightmares a parent can have — returning from shul on Rosh Hashanah to hear of the death of a child, R”l.
When that happened to a couple in Boro Park two years ago, Capt. Kenneth M. Quick was the ranking officer who responded to the call. He spoke to the parents in a way that struck observers as particularly sensitive to the tragic circumstance.
Yanky Meyer of Misaskim recalled that incident on Monday, a day before Quick will begin his new job leading the New York Police Department’s 66th precinct, which covers Boro Park.
“He showed his sensitivity to the family, he showed his sensitivity to the community, he was hands-on that night,” recalled Meyer, the founder of the disaster relief organization who has developed a close relationship with police brass over the years.
Quick, who lives with his wife and two young children in Staten Island, replaces Deputy Inspector Michael Deddo, who led the precinct for the past three years. Deddo will be moved to the Internal Affairs Bureau, a citywide position.
Starting his position weeks before Pesach, Quick sought a meeting with representatives of the Jewish community to get acquainted with the traditions and unique expectations associated with the holiday.
Meyer said that he attended the hour-long gathering on Monday and came away very impressed.
“Quick is a good man, he’s a young guy, he’s family oriented,” he said. “He’s looking forward to working with all of us; we’re looking forward to working with him. He’s a great guy.”