Assemblyman Goldfeder Statement on the Loss of Rockaway Beach Hero Justin Zemser in Amtrak Train Derailment


justin-zemser2Rockaway Beach, Queens – “I am deeply saddened by the loss of U.S. Naval Academy student and Rockaway Beach resident Justin Zemser in last night’s train derailment. In his short life, Justin served as an inspiration to all our families in Rockaway and exemplified the very best our community has to offer.

“As a lifelong resident of Rockaway, I feel proud to have been a neighbor to this true American hero. Our families have faced such great hardship in recent years following Superstorm Sandy and it is through the service and leadership of young men and women like Justin that we managed to come together in our recovery.

“As a father of two young children, my heart goes out to the Zemser family at the loss of their only son. I extend my most sincere condolences to them during this time of unimaginable pain.”

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  1. Midshipman Zemser o’h, was an active and proud member of the Jewish community at the Naval Academy.

    May his family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may they no of no more sorrow.


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