Byrne and Serino Host Yellow Dot Safety Event

Informational session offers attendees opportunity to join lifesaving program

(Left to right) Putnam County Sheriff’s Investigator Paul Piazza, Sen. Sue Serino and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, I, Ref-Mahopac) address attendees of Wednesday’s Yellow Dot program informational session at the Putnam County Friendship Center at Putnam Valley.

A special informational session regarding the New York State Sheriff Association’s Yellow Dot safety program, hosted by Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and Sen. Sue Serino, was held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Putnam County Friendship Center in Putnam Valley. Attendees were treated to an educational and descriptive account of the program, which is designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention immediately following an accident or medical emergency, and offered the chance to join the program and get their own Yellow Dot on the spot.

The well-attended session, which featured Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Sen. Sue Serino, Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith, and Putnam County Sheriff’s Investigator Paul Piazza, detailed exactly how the Yellow Dot program works, and also provided valuable information about additional programs offered through the sheriff’s department. Yellow Dot participants are given a circular yellow decal which, when affixed in the rear driver’s side window of a vehicle, indicates to emergency responders the presence of important medical information in the glove compartment.

“The Yellow Dot program is just one of the many ways the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is tirelessly working to keep us safe, and if this week’s event was any indication, our residents are more than willing to do their part in helping these brave men and women protect our community,” said Byrne. “I’d like to thank Sen. Serino, Sheriff Smith, and Investigator Piazza, along with our many hardworking community partners, for their efforts to make this event such a success.”

"The 'Yellow Dot Program' plays a critical role in ensuring that our first responders have an accurate picture of a person's health when responding to the scene of a vehicular accident," said Senator Sue Serino. "It is a simple step that we can take that truly has the power to save lives, and I thank the Putnam County Sheriff's Department for making it possible here locally. I was proud to partner with them, and Assemblyman Byrne, to continue to raise awareness for this important initiative. It is our hope that community members of all ages will continue to participate."

"Initiatives such as the Yellow Dot program are crucially important tools to help our team at the Putnam County Sheriff's Department when we respond to accidents and emergencies," said Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith. "Thank you to Assemblyman Byrne and Sen. Serino for taking an active role in promoting these programs and protecting our communities."