Surviving Farmingdale Bus Crash Students & Families Thank Medical Staff at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Farmingdale school Superintendent, Paul Defendini, will bring cards made by school students and their families to thank the doctors, nurses and staff who helped save the lives of students involved in a deadly bus crash in September.

What: The bus was transporting Farmingdale High School’s marching band from Long Island to a camp in Pennsylvania when it crashed on a New York highway. Two teachers died and dozens of children were injured. Survivors were treated at Westchester Medical Center.

Representatives from the Farmingdale School District, including district superintendent Paul DeFendi recently returned to WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital to thank doctors, nurses and support staff members for their work caring for young victims of the September bus crash involving Farmingdale High School students.

District representatives met with clinical and support staff members and presented thank you notes written/drawn by students in the district’s elementary schools. A total of 15 boxes filled with cards were presented.

WMCHealth’s Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y., and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y., also cared for bus crash victims and representatives from both hospitals were on hand and received boxes of thank you notes to bring back to their respective hospitals. Victims cared for at these hospitals were either treated and released or transferred to WMCHealth’s Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and Westchester Medical Center for care. At one point, 12 bus crash victims were at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital/Westchester Medical Center.