• Fulfilling the criteria as a candidate for the award, Class of 2019 Thomas Kleppan received the sixteenth annual Glen Pettit Memorial Scholarship. This award was established to honor NYPD officer Glen Pettit who not only served in the NYPD's video unit as a News 12 photojournalist, but was a volunteer firefighter with Ronkonkoma's Lakeland Fire Department. While on duty at the World Trade Center on 9/11, “Pettit was filming the towers while also helping fellow photographers and office workers get out of the buildings,” according to the News12 report.


    Thomas Kleppan

    Photo: Sayville Middle School teacher Tara Felice, Pettit’s sister, representing The Glen Pettit Memorial Scholarship, award recipient Thomas Kleppan, and Sayville HS Principal Mr. Ronald Hoffer.