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Former East Hampton Harbormaster Suffers Gunshot Wound in West Virginia

Police are investigating how Frank Kennedy, now a Homeland Security officer, was shot in the torso.

WVNSTV report on Frank Kennedy shooting
WVNSTV report on Frank Kennedy shooting

Frank Kennedy, a former senior marine patrol officer for the Town of East Hampton and a high ranking official with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is recovering from a gunshot wound in West Virginia.

According to WVNSTV, Kennedy was shot in the torso on Sunday afternoon and the gun was found in the woods near his house in Charleston, where Kennedy lived. He retired from the town exactly three years ago Monday on Oct. 14, 2010.

Kennedy, who works as a Homeland Security training officer, was recently brought up on criminal charge. He was arrested on a suspicion of driving under the influence charge after an accident that sent two people to the hospital in early August, according to an ABC Eyewitness News WCHS-TV report on Sept. 24.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department told news agencies that the gunshot wound appears to be self-inflicted and that they are investigating whether it was accidental or intentional.

He is expected to survive.

Kennedy responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was honored in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in West Virginia because of his work at Ground Zero this past anniversary.

For more on the story, click here.

Please join East Hampton Patch is sending well wishes to Frank Kennedy during his recovery.

Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM
FYI -- a high-ranking East Hampton official told me Mr. Kennedy was not a retired NYPD officer, as reported in West Virginia. He worked for East Hampton Town for 20 years before retiring in 2010.
Conservative Underground October 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Did some one leave a computer unsecured in a home some place.
Mary Grady October 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Frank was a neighbor of mine for years; prayers to his family and health and healing to all!
Steve October 14, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Taylor, I wasn't criticizing YOUR report. Frank is an old acquaintance of mine, and I KNOW he was never a cop, in NYC or elsewhere. He was in EH Marine Patrol for a full twenty, as you reported. I wish him well.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Thanks, Steve. I met Frank a few times when he was on the job in East Hampton. I certainly wish him well.
bonactonic October 14, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Taylor: just an fyi. If you are going to write an article about someone, please get your facts straight first. Frank has saved lives, and has the medals to prove it. He also has terminal cancer. Please try to put some more information in your articles before you post them. You are giving off the wrong impression. Lets not cut a guy down when we dont understand his pain.
123 October 14, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Misinformation sucks. However we read the patch because it gets updated fast. Its nice to get a story fast. It can be amended later as it always is.
Gail Simons October 15, 2013 at 01:48 PM
So very sad to read this. Frank was a good friend. He was my Mom's boss at East Hampton Town when he was the Code Enforcement Officer. He and his wife are super nice people. Best wishes to both of them as Frank recovers.
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Frank is a great guy! He was never a NYPD or NCPD. Frank began his public service career as an anti submarine officer in the U.S Navy. He flew off the USNS John F Kennedy in an S3 Viking. When I asked him about being a backseater in a plane flying off an aircraft carrier he said " it is the most terrifying thing a human could experience" "During hundreds of takeoffs and landings I opened my eyes twice, the first time I took off and the last time I landed!" Frank was sheriff in upstate NewYork before he came to East Hampton. He started with East Hampton as a code enforcement officer. He always had great integrity! When two dum-a-crat town board members tried to force him to commit some unethical acts he quit and was later rehired by Jay Schniederman . Franks time in the Harbormaster office was exceptional and he won several commendations for life saving and bravery. Frank is a wonderful guy and I work next to him any day and follow him anywhere . His struggle with alcohol is a private one and printing this when he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer is a travesty. I hope who ever wrote this piece has their darkest moment displayed on CNN so they can experience despair ! Don't worry about it Frank we are all hoping for your quick recovery and to hear your irreverent wit soon!
Penny October 15, 2013 at 06:58 PM
If something is done in the public eye...it gets reported. Both the good...and the bad. This..is "news". Shooting the messenger...? This story was reported elsewhere and since he was known here...it's "news" for some. At least there's a forum for people to share their knowledge and experience with him...and in an instant format. Taylor does a great job reporting on things "local". We're lucky to have her and Patch.
MARTIN DREW October 15, 2013 at 07:34 PM
GODSPEED AND BEST WISHES IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME TO MR KENNEDY & his extended family .. He's BONAC TOUGH -- so hoping only the best for him .
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Karma is a great thing! Someone's personal misfortune is not news. Just because something is reported doesn't mean it has to be repeated!
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Also the Patch is a news outlet owned by AOL.
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Type in patch on google its the third from the top.
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Easier. Look in wikipedia
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Patch media corp
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Bud Rosenthal is the CEO it has 900 outlets in 23 states. Sorry Martin Drew but you don't have to look very hard to find it! You first clue should have been it has an EDITOR not a MODIRATOR!
Jimcavanagh October 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Thank you Taylor for removing the article from the site and moving on to more newsworthy issues!
Jimcavanagh October 16, 2013 at 09:39 AM
I told you where to find it google 3rd from top, bing 2nd from top, yahoo 3rd from top. I'm not going to carry on with you because I know you are one of those people who just can't say "oh I am wrong".
Conservative Underground October 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Dude, why are you ragging on a website you post on constantly? Look at the top of the page, it says "NEWS", I guess that makes this a "NEWS WEBSITE". It is also a local site and deals with local issues, you want something bigger than go to Snoozeday or The Blaze. Taylor does a wonderful job. Some one is not playing with a full deck and oh yeah, good luck with that run for Supervisor. Don't forget your cats can't vote.
Conservative Underground October 17, 2013 at 06:32 AM
The 'Police' told you too...yeah, okay; that pretty much sums it up right there. Some one needs to adjust their tinfoil, it might be on a bit too tight. Anyways, good luck with your 'campaign', hopefully it goes better than the one you ran for school board. Also I 'll looking out for your news show on public TV, I am sure it will be enlightening; will it be on WNUT or another station.
Henry Powderly (Editor) October 17, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Martin, Patch is a news org and Taylor is an excellent reporter who covers the Hamptons with all the accuracy, transparency, independence and accountability you should expect from a journalist. We are open to criticism, like most news orgs, but I'd like to remind you that personal attacks violate our terms of service.
Henry Powderly (Editor) October 17, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Statements such as "because I'd knock the conservative out of you" violate our terms. I have deleted that comment.
MARTIN DREW October 18, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Mr. Powderlly - please consider a new terms policy - no namers to the curb .. East Hampton Star - a recognized News Organization does not allow anonymous attacks on real people .. NOT EVEN IF YOU SIGNED YOUR NAME WOULD IT BE ALLOWED... Here / Patchs' LIBERAL AGENDA TO ALLOW SUCH CONDUCT - is to be questioned.. Just curious who would I be knocking the conservative out of ? A ficticious addy on a website - Now If I said I knock the Liberal out of You - you're offended as a REAL person but these others? Nameless calling out real people - disgraceful and a sign as proof the cowards they are .. Ill keep up my best defense on this "Patch attack " website .. remember the Police .. we all sign in here to debate / abuse / hide - its become a free for all on here . How does "I'd knock the PATCH out if you " FLY ? lol .. be well - I'll put my onion suit on and deal with the childish antics as they arise from your decidion to allow - FAKES to ABUSE REAL PEOPLE .. dont worry / I'll go easy on the no namers - kind of a therapy session of sorts ... Do what you need to as WEBMASTER - MONITOR It's your PATCH -YOU CONTROL it your way ... it's no offense to me .. cheers . ;)
Penny October 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_Media
Jimcavanagh October 20, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Don't waste your breath this guy should have worn a helmet when he was tearing up the woods with his dirt bike! Tin foil hats don't protect your brain case no matter how thick his skull is.
MARTIN DREW October 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM
JimCavanaugh -I'm meeting Taylor tomorrow to discuss ALL things tinfoil ? Remember what your mother taught you- got nothing nice to say .. It's my opinion DEAL with it for what it is. What are you tearing up - the couch ? Lol
MARTIN DREW October 22, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Re: Meeting with Patch Editor - Taylor Vescey ; We discussed PATCH - NEWS STATUS - oh well - apparently I am mistaken - Taylor STANDS with HER PATCH as a REAL NEWS Internet platform - what concerns me is PATCH POLICY - re: creative addy's vs. verified users - using REAL NAMES as a target of ridicule - attack - name calling - while hiding behind a fake attack point - civility is big issue these days ..CASTING STONES / defamatory content / slanderous takes .. Yada - Yada- I COULD BE AS FAKE..and light this BLOG component of TAYLOR'S NEWS platform -- just remember this .. THE STAR - official newsPAPER of our town does not allow slander / defamatory topics or name calling within .. Good taste to make a point .. Signing your real name does not get that our there - so know fake names DO NOT HAVE A FREE PASS to abuse this generous WEBSITE - NEWS PLATFORM - I have the GREATEST OF RESPECT FOR TAYLOR VESCEY - Her work ethic -her integrity - she is making this PATCH EVERYTHING IT HAS BECOME - her street presence and LEADERSHIP - have grown its popularity - I APPRECIATE THE NEWS INDUSTRY - Support TAYLOR'S EFFORTS AS COMMUNITY OF NEWSLOVERS - Community who together can MAKE THIS PLACE - Taylor's PATCH - the most TRUSTED NEWS SORCE - if party politics is of the table and WE as neighbors unite in TRUTH JUSTICE & THE AMERICAN way ... THIS PATCH - could - REPRESENT citizen harmony or discord in a positive way - step up be heard as m REAL neighbor - GIVE YOUR STORY TO TAYLOR - in interest of solutions now that divide us - divide and conquer .. We better come together before we loose control (get conquered) .. Be the eyes and ears of NEWS- Taylor - set some topics in play -- let the community tell the storyline - I could offer (5) REAL issues that REAL people want solution .. Got a opinion - tell Taylor - ... She'll ask the pols .. We set the agendas as public -- PATCH - Citizen News - of the people for he people .. Picture and some words - TAYLOR wants HER community to participate in a positive way .. She understands my point .. I hope u do too. Hey neighbor I'm MARTIN DREW - I'm a REAL PERSON - MARTINDREWSHOW@gmail.com - HERE ON PATCH - I'm JUST CITIZEN DREW - looking for REAL CHANGE - while I watch OUR TOWN - conquered.. Sad really .. SUPPORT our WONDERFUL EDITOR and her good work .. I'LL TRY TO OFFER POSITIVE / civil comments - if I disagree - I'll tell why -- LIKE I said TAYLOR - is on her game - HELP her report news not monitor political agenda warfare oh HER NEWS PLATFORM .. Bring a valid news topic up - Let's find the solution for our EDITOR so she can run it in to POLS as the NEWS REPORTER SHE IS !!! Just something to think about ? Expand on?? Power flows to the people who deserve it .. Money flows to those who can handle it So know TAYLOR IS A NEWS POWERHOUSE - we are her engine ..let's DRIVE - issues to her - as public / vette the problems - concerns - and find consensus through blogging and debate .. Like concerned neighbors would do to combat a common problem and not each other in the process .. TAYLOR - and I agreed PATCHS name POLICY IS QUESTIONED- I apologize for any misunderstanding on my part with PATCH STATUS IN NEWS - This was never about TAYLOR - her esteemed efforts for our community should be recognized this year - her hard work and dedication to us is unquestioned .. This Story was about Mr Kennedy - hope he is doing well .. Any updates ? Great to visit with our PATCH EDITOR TODAY TO CLEAR THE AIR - KEEP up your outstanding efforts to make YOUR patch the NEWS POWERHOUSE it can be if civility takes a foothold - Only then is community at its best - in here we should ALL BE ON TAYLOR'S TEAM - To report the news .. Thanks for setting the record straight - PATCH NEWS - support it as best you can .
Penny October 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Note the backpeddle as Mr. Drew is trying to garner support for his stab, at Supervisor...after reading the above ^...can you imagine the Town Board meetings? Cantwell.
MARTIN DREW October 26, 2013 at 07:44 AM
Penny - have you seen the current town board meetings? Do you even watch ? I know you don't participate - I have opinions - as a free thinker - sorry you criticize from the sideline .. Not everyone can do what I do -- STAND for the other team ... PATCH ... Needs to firm up it's fact gathering and reporting .. That's it .. Nothing more .. Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill .. I met with TAYLOR - she knows my point - she was woman enough to confront me in person over coffee .. That's what REAL people do .. They deal with the problem and solve it .. Not perpetual discord just for playtime .. Get over it WE did - as the payers - move on already - your guy is a shoe in - or are you getting nervous .. Lol ;)

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