Yorktown's Zapakin Remembered With Community Service Award

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Randy Zapakin, pictured in June 2011, was the master of ceremonies for Yorktown's annual Relay for Life walk
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. – Late Yorktown resident Randy Zapakin’s spirit of giving will continue to live on in the form of an annual community service award, Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace announced.

The first recipients of Zapakin’s memorial award are the Yorktown Girl Scout troops, which will receive the honor in a ceremony at the Dec. 1 Holiday Light Parade Spectacular.

Zapakin, who died Nov. 8 after being struck by a vehicle while walking his dog, was remembered by neighbors and friends for his volunteer work and as a spokesperson for American Cancer Society’s Yorktown Relay for Life. 

“A vital part of this administration’s social agenda since day one is doing everything in our power to enable and encourage community outreach, charity and volunteerism through initiatives such as Yorktown Organizations United,” Grace said. “That holiday spirit is what ennobles and comforts us at this time of year. We want to harness the positive energy year round by highlighting good deeds and good people, as exemplified by citizens like Randy Zapakin.”

Certificates of appreciation acknowledging recipients of the Randy Zapakin Yorktown Community Service Award will be accompanied by an honorarium privately funded through the Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation.

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What is the status of the driver, have charges been filed, has the name been released? Many questions in this tragedy are unanswered.

I have been checking in with the department on a regular basis for any new updates/answers. Unfortunately there haven't really been any.

Minutes ago I spoke with Lt. Noble who said the investigation is still ongoing and the case is still obviously a priority for the department.

To directly answer your questions, though, charges have not been filed and name of the driver has not been released by the police. We will let you know more the minute we do.