TSB Logo contest winner Colin Hallock with his family, County Executive Ed Day and TSB
Co-chairpersons Leslie Chernin and Chief William Barbera
County Executive Ed Day,
Sheriff Louis Falco, III
and Jay Hood the
Legislative Chairman of the Public Safety Committee honored
student Colin Hallock for his submission to the Rockland County
Traffic Safety Board.
2014, the Rockland County Traffic Safety Board held a contest
for area high schools to submit an artistic or graphic design
for a logo that the Traffic Safety Board could use for the
calendar year 2015. Colin’s submission was chosen over many
other creative designs. Colin was joined by his parents, teacher
Patrick Mitrione and the principal Kim Bell of Rockland BOCES.
Colin is also a student at Tappan Zee High School.Colin’s design will be prominently displayed on all TSB
communications such as the Traffic Safety Board website,
Facebook and letterhead. The Traffic Safety Board is hoping to
make this an annual event.
On July 6, 2002, at the age of Seventeen I was involved
in a terrible car accident that has altered my life
forever. I suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury and have
undergone rehabilitation for many years to learn to use
my hands and learn to walk again. I never regained my
speech back. In conjunction with my family, I created a
45 minute presentation that
sends a strong message to youths entering the driving
The fact that I am sitting here and am able to share my
story after such a tragic event is truly a blessing. I
was the typical trouble-making teenager that lived in
the fast lane. I had lost my Dad from Brain Cancer in
1999, two years prior to the accident and was very angry
at the world. Nothing really mattered to me in life, and
I had no dreams or plans for my future. My life was from
day to day. I was going to school, but was I kicked out
most of high school, or I was cutting when ever I wasn’t
suspended and partying with my friends.
The night before the accident, I went to a keg party.
My friends and I partied all night. Early the next
morning, we decided to go for some bagels. A couple of
my friends jumped in one car and I hopped in another car
with a girl I had just met the night before. As we were
driving and racing with the other car, the girl lost
control driving the car I was in and flipped into a
ditch. I was NOT wearing a seatbelt so I flipped around
like a beach ball. When the paramedics arrived they had
to intubate me. This means that they had to place a
flexible plastic tube down my windpipe in order to
maintain an open airway for me to breathe. This moment
was the beginning of a very long, tough road for my
family and I. My life was changed forever.
The doctors told my Mom that I would probably never walk
or even be the same person because of the Traumatic
Brain Injury. I had spent over a year in the hospital
going to physical, speech, and occupational therapy.
While in the hospital I was tutored so that I was able
to graduate high school with my class. After I was able
to live home I continued to go for therapy for over two
years. I had gone to Suffolk Community College and
earned my Associates degree from 2005-2008. When
completed I decided that I wanted to go away to college
to live on campus, so I moved upstate to Pace University
in Westchester and graduated with a bachelors degree in
Technology Systems. It has taken a lot of determination
and hard work to get where I am today. This does not
count all of the surgeries that I had to have.
I am presently living in Long Island , I graduated from
Pace University my MASTERS DEGREE in Computer Science.
Going out and telling my story is very important to me
for I feel that no one should have to go through what I
went through, and if I can prevent just
one personfrom making the same mistake, well then I did a
great job, I can say that I saved some ones life.
Presentation by Chris Memoli at
Tappan Zee High School...Principal Jennifer Amos, Chief
William Barbera and Officer Jerry Verdicchio from
Sheriff's Department, Chris Memoli and his mom
— with Jerry
William Barbera and
Chris Memoli with one of the
students - Educating students to the dangers of feeling
invincible!! Please visit his website
at Tappan Zee