Top Stories 2012: Yorktown Honors Loss Of Beloved Community Member

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Randy Zapakin, pictured in June 2011, was the master of ceremonies for Yorktown's annual Relay for Life walk Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser / File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Daily Voice is heading into the new year by counting down, in no particular order, the top 10 stories from 2012.

Tragedy struck the Yorktown community on Nov. 9 when Randy Zapakin, 57, died after being struck by a car while walking his dog on Farm Walk Road.

Zapakin was hit around 8:15 p.m. by a blue 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by an 18-year-old Yorktown resident, police said. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

Friends, family and colleagues were quick to praise Zapakin as a generous volunteer, successful Realtor and good friend.

Zapakin was a sales associate at Keller Williams Realty Partners and earned a bachelor of arts degree from SUNY New Paltz. He worked closely with Relay for Life and handled emceeing duties for the group’s annual walk at Jack DeVito Field.

Zapakin’s spirit of giving was kept alive in the form of an annual community service award, which was awarded to Yorktown Girl Scout troops in a ceremony at the Dec. 1 Holiday Light Parade Spectacular.

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