Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officers rescued a pair of boaters whose canoe capsized Wednesday in Lake Ronkonkoma, police said.Two Fourth Precinct officers responded to the lake incident around 5:20 p.m., after 911 callers reported two men in distress, police said.The first officer on the scene grabbed a life ring and a rope, and darted toward the lake. A second officer tied the end of the rope around his waist and entered the lake, police said.The officers swam approximately 150 feet to where the two men were clinging to their overturned canoe, police said. Each officer grabbed a victim. Then they pulled them back toward the shore until it was shallow enough to walk, police said.The canoers were identified as 49-year-old Alehandro Avalos of Hempstead and 51-year-old Carlos Criollo of Baldwin. They were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where they were treated for exposure.The officers were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Ben Boppeler, 57 years old, passed away peacefully Friday, May 22 surrounded by family. Formerly of Xenia, OH, Ben met his wife, Anita (Wesseler) of 33 years, in Cincinnati after being introduced by his sister. They enjoyed life and meeting new people in several different states including Florida, Ohio and Indiana and most recently moved from their home of 14 years in New Paris, OH to St. Peters, IN. Ben spent much of his life as a tree climber and truck driver. Given his tree climbing occupation, Ben was drawn to collecting Stihl chainsaws. Anita enjoyed travelling with Ben in his truck and their son, Steven, also remembers loving those days. Ben had a kind heart and loved animals, especially dogs. He was lovingly coined the failed foster dad because he couldn’t let the dogs go and at one time was the foster dad of 10 dogs. He was an avid couponer and loved to share his savings with his daughter, Tasha. Not many know of his dream to one day climb aboard the Star Trek Enterprise. Ben & Anita’s bed was located directly under a skylight and looking at the night sky through this window fostered his enthusiasm for outer space.Ben will be greatly missed by his wife Anita and children April (Jay Hayslip) Morris of Xenia, OH, Tasha (Glen Sr.) Sailor of Midway, AR, and Steven (Brittany Shadday) Boppeler of Oldenburg, IN; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his siblings Joe Stern, Tim Stern, Tammy Edgerton, Bridget Stern, and Pam Stern. Ben is preceded in death by his parents Marie Chenoweth & Charlie Boppeler and sister Laurie Bell.A private celebration of life will be held in Ben’s honor. Memorials can be made to Preble County Humane Society at 951 S. Barron St. Eaton, OH 45320 or the American Cancer Society at PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK. To offer condolences online, please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.