He practiced what he preached
I grew up in Hicksville, a few blocks away from him. My very good friend growing up was George's nextdoor neighbor over on Myers Ave. George was always out there with his boys and would toss the ball around with all the kids when he was home. He would yell at us to get out of the tree we climbed in front of his neighbor's house.
Later in life, George became my hockey coach at Chaminade. He was a true character-driven man, while always trying to make sure we enjoyed what we did. He stressed accountability and responsiblity. Obviously, these traits shone through at his final moments.
While I never was a true element of George Howard's life, frankly, just a person whom he met on various times over my life, and on the fringe, I have a lasting memory of his character and imposing personality and wish his family all the warmth of of his memories.
Not only was George a PA-PD Officer, but he was an Instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy. He taught many firefighters in Nassau County how to be safe in many emergency situations. As a Ex-Chief with the Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department, I would like to recognize George for all he did for the residents in Nassau County. He has been missed by all for the past 10 years.