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Yorktown's Randy Zapakin Remembered with Community Service Award

The first recipient of the annual award will be the Yorktown Girl Scout troops who will receive the honor in a Dec. 1 ceremony.

A new community service award has been established in memory of Yorktown's beloved Randy Zapakin, who was killed near his home on Farm Walk Road while he was walking his dog on Nov. 8.

The first recipient of the annual award will be the Yorktown Girl Scout troops, who will receive the honor in a ceremony at the Dec. 1 Holiday Light Parade Spectacular in Yorktown.

Zapakin was a successful real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty in Yorktown. He also volunteered at the town's Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser, served as the Master of Ceremonies and was instrumental in the 'Dancing with the Yorktown Stars' fundraiser. 

"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," Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace said in a statement. "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."

Zapakin is remembered as compassionate and generous. The father of three left a lasting impression on everyone who knew him because of his larger than life personality and smile. Friends have described Zapakin as a genuine, caring, fun-loving guy. 

He is survived by his wife Debbie Zapakin, co-owner of Wishes Boutique in Yorktown, sons Jordan and Jared and daughter Allie. 

Randy Zapakin Yorktown Community Service Award recipients will receive certificates of appreciation and a donation privately funded through the Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation.

The first annual Holiday Lights Parade Spectacular will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Jack DeVito Memorial Field on Veteran's Road in Yorktown. 

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julie November 27, 2012 at 06:59 PM
what is the status of the investigation??
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Julie, forensic evidence taken from the scene by the police department's accident-reconstruction team has been sent to a laboratory for testing. Yorktown police detectives are still waiting for those results.
Ed Harrison November 28, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Interesting how the press has to scratch their heads in order to report this story. One reporter says "died after being struck by a car". While technically correct I prefer "killed near his home". No mention of the car but it doesn't matter. Randy was killed, he didn't "die". The car was on the lawn. Regardless of where Randy was the unnamed driver of the car is wrong. It is only a question of to what degree. Glad to hear that the Yorktown detectives are waiting. Perhaps they are also investigating. Any word as to how long they expect to wait or are willing to wait? It has been over two weeks. I would love to see a statement from the Yorktown Police Department as to the the status of the investigation. Maybe they are just waiting for it to go away. Glad to see that the press is still reporting on this. Hope to hear the Yorktown Police chime in soon.
juile November 28, 2012 at 07:12 PM
so hard to believe so much time has passed with no answers....
Bruce Apar November 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Ed, actually it is three weeks since Randy Zapakin was inexplicably killed (Nov. 8) in an accident for which too many questions remain unanswered. The far-reaching circle of his family and friends and admirers all await further information with a mounting anxiety that we hope and pray -- especially for the sake of whatever closure his family can expect (and is entitled to) -- will be reconciled as soon as possible.
Jim Bertie November 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I'm frustrated and angry with how long its taking. Yes it has been 3 weeks since Randy was killed in this tragic incident and over 2 weeks since the last posted news article concerning the Yorktown Police investigation into this matter. I realize that nothing will change the fact that Randy is no longer with us but the family surely needs some measure of closure. We as friends of Randy and residents of Yorktown deserve some answers too. After all, it could happen to anyone one of us. Missing my friend. Can you please make a follow-up attempt with the Yorktown Police to get an update as to the current status? Jim Bertie
julie December 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
no news yet??? Am I missing something?
Anne Iacobuzio December 06, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I second that. The question of what happened, and more importantly, why hasn't the driver of the car been charged is on everyone's mind.
Ed Harrison December 09, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Yes we all are missing something.
julie December 15, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I find it hard to believe that we have not heard one thing about this case. I cannot imagine how the family is feeling!! Not one thing????
Jim Bertie December 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I contacted News 12 and asked them to contact the Yorktown PD to do a follow up story. They placed two calls over the last 2 weeks and received two responses. The first being "call back next week" and then again today which was "they are still investigating". I'm growing more angry with each that passes.......its six weeks and counting......something just doesn't feel right..........still missing my friend.
Ed Harrison December 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I agree, Jim. It is not right! The Yorktown Police Department, the DA and apparently the press are all in holiday mode. They are enjoying their time with their families. Meanwhile today is Randy's birthday but his family cannot celebrate. I just checked YPDs web page for press releases. There is a press release about someone making an illegal left turn but nothing about the Randy being killed six weeks ago. Maybe next year.

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