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Letter: Tales of generosity from the LIRR

Commuters walk from a Long Island Railroad train

Commuters walk from a Long Island Railroad train at the Port Washington LIRR station on Nov. 15, 2013. Credit: Steve Pfost

In this time of scandal and corruption, where dishonesty and selfishness seem to run riot, I'd like to call attention to my encounters with generous Long Island Rail Road train personnel ["No jail in LIRR disability scam," News, Jan. 15].

Last weekend, I missed my eastbound connection at Jamaica and was mistakenly headed to Long Beach. A ticket collector explained that he was on the last run of his shift, and he offered to drive me to where my car was parked. That's a truly generous sprit.

During the holidays, on the same train line, I left my wallet on a seat when I transferred. Again, a ticket collector went out of her way to contact personnel on the other train, who found the wallet and returned it on the platform at Jamaica. Nothing was missing.

Several years ago, in a similar occurrence, I was able to get help from train personnel, without having to wait with uncertainty for a lost item to appear at the lost and found.

A big thank-you to the men and women operating the LIRR.

James Hogarty, Mineola