of Sergeant Chad Germain
Germain – Chad Joseph.,
of Hicksville, L.I., on November 18, 2016. Beloved son of Michael F.
Germain and Elizabeth J. Germain. Dear brother of Scott Harrison Germain
& wife Patti and Michele Germain Vice & husband Jon. Cherished
lifelong friend of Daniel Patrick McCarthy. Devoted uncle of Nicole,
Allison, Michael, and Kathryn. Sergeant Chad Germain was a thirteen year
veteran of the Hempstead Police Department Patrol Division as well as a
veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Operation Desert Shield)
while serving aboard the USS Eisenhower. Sgt. Germain was a highly
decorated police officer who received the Meritorious Service Award.
Chad was following in the footsteps of his father, Sgt. Michael Germain,
Old Westbury Police Department (retired).
Chad was loved and adored by many.
shown here with sister Michelle’s children Katy & Michael
a week before Chad passed.
One of the many who loved Chad was an
11 yr old boy, Jack Fleming, from
South Florida with autism who is on a mission to say "thank
you" to all law enforcement officers. This
inspirational young man has made it his mission to thank all law
enforcement officers for their sacrifice and service. He’s not letting
autism hold him back from bringing smiles and sharing random acts of
Jack’s dad, John, was a NYPD officer who now serves with the Juno
Beach Police. After arriving
in Florida, Jack decided to make a difference taking baked goods, gifts
and cards to police departments, grocery stores, and random “Love
Every Officer” (LEO) locations in the community.
My cards say, 'Dear Officer, you're a hero. I stand beside you and
support you. Love Jack Fleming and Be safe.'
Chad, a 1989 graduate of Jericho High School became good friends with a
classmate, Caryn Wasserman and the two maintained their friendship over
The friendship that Chad had with Jack was a friendship nurtured because
Caryn often talked about Chad and his job with the Hempstead Police
When Chad heard about Jack thanking police officers in Florida
for their work, Chad would text him and praise him. Remember…Jack is
only 11 years old. Chad said, “Caryn is an amazing woman who is Jack's
cards to two Florida police officers
Caryn, whose daughter Riley also has autism
says, “sadly Jack has been bullied and picked on and feels his
connection with officers is a miracle.”
"He doesn't have the ability to connect with people, but he
connects with officers. Officers have approached him and gotten teary
eyed. It doesn't take much to smile, say hi or thank you to someone who
needs it. Jack feels so good spreading kindness."
A note from Chad’s very close friend Jack
Can you PLEASE do this with me? I
love my LEOs and I also love and respect our military and vets. In
November my very good friend Chad Germain passed away and it made me so
sad. Chad was the son of Mike Germain and Elizabeth “Bette” Harrison
Germain both graduates from Hicksville High School class of 1964. Chad
served in the United States Marine Corps and was also a police Sergeant
for the Hempstead Police Department. He sure was my hero.
I want to do something for him and also for our country. I will send a
package to our troops oversees with a thank you letter in memory of
PLEASE Put a package together (list of requested items below).
This is the wish list of this month’s platoon (they have no TV, no
Refrigerator/Freezer and no
way to cook except in a microwave and they have no Post Exchange (PX) to
shop for these necessities that we take for granted:
Crystal Light Powder (liquid water enhancer)
Socks Protein Bars
Mio (liquid water enhancer)
Uncle Bens Microwavable Rice Packs
European Electric Outlet Adapters
The shipping address.
Make sure you put #chadstrong
on the box
take a picture of the box and post it on Jack Flemings Facebook Page.
Also, please send an email to Bette firstname.lastname@example.org
that a box has been sent. There will be a drawing at the end of the
month for a “Jack Has My Back” awesome t-shirt and everyone who does
this with me has a chance to win one. Let’s do this easy thing for
people who do so much for us. Are you in? And please share so your
friends and family do it too.
A note from Bette…Jack continues to help fill the hole in our
hearts with his acts of kindness and support of our First Responders and
our Military. This is the epitome of his tribute to Chad. Chad loved
being a Marine and loved being a police officer with the Hempstead PD.
Thank you Jack! You continue to make him proud. The
send off that Chad received overwhelmed Mike and me. We have learned
what an amazing friend he was to so many and what an impact he had on
all who knew him. Jack Fleming has helped fill some of the hole in our