Being a traffic enforcement agent is a dangerous job anywhere. However, in midtown Manhattan, these hardworking people take their lives into their hands every time they put on their uniforms and head out, in all weather, to keep New York drivers safe. According to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, their salaries are generally not commensurate with the risks and exposure to the elements they endure. While every effort is made to protect their safety, not all drivers on the road share the same vigilance. Sometimes accidents happen.
This past Saturday, Nov. 30, a 71-year-old traffic enforcement agent was killed when a large vacuum truck pulled out of a parking space. A witness described the accident as gruesome, and said that the victim was rolled into the tire. His family and friends describe him as a kind, strong and caring person who has a high level of education and a strong work ethic. They will be holding a memorial service for him next week at their Buddhist temple in Queens Village.