Young Brooklyn Student has a St. Patrick’s Day He’ll Never Forget, and a Souvenir SashDenis Doherty

Denis Doherty, 19, of Marine Park, Brooklyn, has an official St. Patrick’s Day Parade sash as a souvenir of a special moment when he and his mother, Katherine Doherty, were among the estimated one million people watching the parade along Fifth Avenue March 17.

Kevin, a student at Fort Hamilton HS who also works as a physical therapy and occupational therapy assistant at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Hospital, was having some difficulty getting across Fifth Avenue because of his mild cerebral palsy, his mother said.

“This wonderful man came to our assistance and enabled us to get across the avenue into the reviewing stand, said Katherine Doherty, a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Verizon Emerald Society.

“Considering he had such an important job to do, it was a kind gesture,” she said of Dr. Patrick J. Delamere, chairman of the parade’s Line of March Committee.

“’I find that your spirit is so inspiring, I would like you to have something,’ Dr. Delamere said.  And he gave Kevin a Line of March sash.”

“It was just so very nice of him to pick me out.  This sash is one of my prized possessions,” Kevin said.

Katherine Doherty sent this e-mail to Dr. Delamere:

Dear Dr. Delamere,

Hoping all is well when you receive this Dr. Delamere. This Is Katherine Doherty, I met you at the parade near the grandstand with my son Denis (the one you gave the sash to)

Just wanted to reach out to thank you for the sash, you have no idea how you made my son’s day!

As far as the parade goes, it was a wonderful experience, and makes me very proud that I am Irish. Everything about the parade experience was undeniably fantastic.

It is one of the best parades in the country.   


You kind gesture meant the world to us.




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