LES in Mourning: 9/11 First Responder, Wife, and Future Son-in-Law Killed in Catskills Crash
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Beloved Lower East Siders Morris and Beth Faitelewicz, and their future son-in-law Yehuda Bayme, died in a car accident in the Catskills yesterday. The family had been returning to the city, when their SUV flipped over several times on Route 17 in Mamakating. The Faitelewiczes’ grown children – all in their twenties – were also passengers in the car, and subsequently rushed to the hospital in critical condition where their condition is reportedly “improving.”
The 58-year-old NYPD auxiliary officer Morris Faitelwicz was a 9/11 first responder and volunteer Hatzolah (ambulance) medic; his wife was an emergency room nurse in Beth Israel. Both were well-known fixtures on the Lower East Side. Morris was a staunch member of Community Board 3 (transportation subcommittee) and was previously honored by ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for the “resolve” he demonstrated on the day of the 9/11 attacks.
Bayme and Shani Faitelewicz got engaged on June 28, and were set to marry next year, relatives told NBC New York.