Long Islander serves as storm marshal in NYC’s Veterans Day parade

A Long Islander and American hero served as Grand Marshal for the 102nd Annual Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

All eyes were on the retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Carrick for the parade, who returned in person for the first time in two years.

“It was exciting, it was a little unexpected,” Carrick says. “I’ve been retired for 18 years.”

Carrick was a pararescue man with the 106th Rescue Wing based in Westhampton Beach for 25 years and circled the globe twice during these trips.

He says the United War Veterans Council called the base back in September.

“They called the base and asked about people who were tied to 9/11 and also deployed to the global war on terror afterwards,” Carrick says.

Carrick was given his role as Grand Marshal to meet these criteria, but he did much more for the country before 9/11.

He helped coordinate the rescue and recovery efforts following the crash of Flight 800 in 1996, as well as assisting firefighters during the 1995 Sunrise Highway wildfires.

Carrick says his career has been “exciting”.

“You never know where it’s going to take you – every day is different,” he says. “One day you climb the mountains, the next day you are out at sea.”

He says he was proud and grateful to the spectators and his fellow veterans.

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