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Ditmas Avenue Victims Identified

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The two victims of the fallen trees on Ditmas Avenue have been identified. Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, was identified on Twitter by her aunt, Cate Poe, a resident of Prospect Park South. Jacob Vogelman was identified by Council Member Mathieu Eugene, reports the New York Observer. The police discovered the two at 7:55am after neighbors reported finding their bodies. The NYPD is still not confirming their names.

Our hearts go out to their families, friends and neighbors. No words can really express how sorry we are for  the loss of these lovely young people.

The dog, Max, is currently in an emergency veterinary hospital. He has suffered possible head trauma and is being looked after by vets and a family friend.

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  1. so surreal. i knew her from highschool. she was such a sweet person. may God give her family patience…

  2. Jessie was first a student and then a friend of mine – I can’t believe that she’s not here anymore. Her passion for animal welfare, political activism, and her new career as a high school teacher were so amazing. We talked not long ago about getting together for another coffee or drink. She could plow through all sorts of obstacles and her fortitude was a sight to behold. My heart goes out to her family. It just doesn’t seem real.

  3. That these two young people weren’t found until the next morning seems unacceptable to me. The tree didn’t fall along a country road. Neighbors did call 311.

    (Had they called 911, they would have been shunted to 311 anyway.)

    We’ll have to reassess our 911 and 311 systems. When full-size trees fall, it isn’t a matter for 311 and the Parks Department; there has to be an immediate response by the fire or police department particularly at night, and with large spotlights — even during a hurricane.

    Please do not think I am faulting our 911 and EMS workers. But in the future, for future Brooklynites possibly lying pinned beneath a tree overnight, we need something different in place from what we have.

  4. There are simply not enough emergency workers for an immediate 911 response to every fallen tree during a storm of this magnitude. If anyone realized people were hit by the tree, there would have been a faster response. But it was dark and no one knew. Some tragedies are just impossible to avoid.

  5. What an amazing young woman. I had the privilege of being Jessie’s teacher for one year. She was always a happy person, well known and loved around the neighborhood and I am sure that her family and loved ones are besides themselves. I feel for them as well as the family and loved ones of the young man. So horrible, heartbreaking and unbelievable.

  6. No. We don’t need anything different in place. This is a horrible tragedy, but trees fell in a presumed abandoned street. They did not crush a house. They happened to be outside to tend to their pet’s needs, completely understandable, but not a reason to change the way emergency response works.

    I understand that this is frustrating and it’s extraordinarily sad. If there’s no clear emergency, there’s absolutely no reason to put first responders at risk to look at a tree (they are also people, not magic) “Something fell outside” is not enough to justify the dispatching of a fire truck and ambulance.

  7. Aimee Horowitz
    I too had the privilege of being Jessie’s teacher and of having her hang in my office throughout her high school career. We recently reconnected as I helped her with her job search. Jessie was a sensitive, active, smart, loving, caring person who wanted to make a difference for the special educaiton students she taught. She was socially conscious and active. It is hard to believe she is not here! This is more than a tragedy; it is just heart breadking. My thoughts are with her family!

  8. This is just tragic. It really is time to address these aging trees in our neighborhood. They are very dangerous. They are old, brittle and have shallow root systems. I personally am very afraid of any winds over 30mph around here, let alone the kinds of winds we had last night. I wish the city would allow us homeowners to do as we please with the trees. The crappy pruning that they do around here every 10 years is just not sufficient. I am heartbroken over this.

  9. I must agree. I’m not an authority to say the least, but my wife and I were shocked to see the roots of a HUGE tree that fell on 18th close to Ditmas–they were so tiny in proportion to the height and width that it’s no wonder the 70-80 mph wind pulled the tree up. Trees are part of what makes Ditmas Park special, so it breaks my heart even to type this in the comments section of a blog… but the big trees are crazy vulnerable right now, apt to fall with the next big wind… and given the era of crazy weather ushered in by climate change, we need better ways to monitor their stability. This heartbreaking tragedy will be repeated I fear.

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