Awareness Day Parade Honorees Chosen

By Andrew Wroblewski


  Edward Brady, former longtime Second Precinct inspector

Edward Brady, former longtime Second Precinct inspector

Town of Huntington officials announced Friday that former longtime Suffolk County Police Department Second Precinct Inspector Edward Brady will lead the Sixth Annual Huntington Awareness Day on Sept. 12 as its grand marshal.

Brady served as inspector for nearly six years as part of his 36-year-long career with Suffolk police, which came to an end last month when he retired.

Suffolk Police Officer Mark Collins, a 12-year veteran with the department who was shot while chasing a suspected gang member in March, will also to be honored during the parade. Collins, who was released from the hospital a week after the shooting, was the 2008 Second Precinct officer of the year and has previously received a medal for saving a man’s life during a house fire.

Other honorees include: Sophie Sarro, of Huntington Station, a 101-year-old wartime aircraft worker; Frank LaBarbara, a volunteer chaplain at the Northport VA Medical Center; and both the Harris and Sorrentino families, longtime contributors to the community.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. Sept 12 at the intersection of West Hills Road and New York Avenue in Huntington Station. There will also be a fair held in the parking lot on New York Avenue between Railroad Street and Church Street.