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Bo Dietl, one of the most highly decorated detectives in the history of the New York City Police Department until he retired in 1985, drove his cart to the seventh hole at yesterday.
“Watch out for the water,” he warned his competition. “You got to watch out for the water. Once you start looking at it, it’s like a magnet for all your shots.”
Dietl, who is frequently seen on the Fox News and Business channels, Imus in the Morning and on other shows, was having fun while supporting YAI, a non-profit organization serving people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the New York metropolitan area.
He joined YAI’s Annual Golf Tournament after his friend Bob Devine, whose son receives services from YAI, asked if he would attend. Dietl raised $5,000 to support the organization.
“Bobby and I have been friends for many years,” Dietl said. “We go back to the old neighborhood in Ozone Park. I know this is a charity close to his heart and I’m honored to be here.”
Supporting individuals with disabilities is nothing new for Dietl. He’s quick to point out that his daughter Dana is pursuing a Master’s at Columbia’s Teachers College and is using iPads to help children learn to communicate at Abilities, a school for children with special needs in Albertson, N.Y.
“We appreciate the support and all the golfers who participated in our event,” said Stephen E. Freeman, CEO of YAI. “All of us are different and our goal is a society which sees beyond disability. No one should be judged by their deficits.”
Dietl has been an active supporter of many charities, including The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, The Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, New York City Police & Fireman Widow & Children, CJ Foundation of SIDS, Tomorrows Children Fund, Children’s Medical Fund of NY, Hemophilia Assoc., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mothers Voices, just to name a few.
Bo was a New York City Police Officer and Detective from June 1969 until he retired. As a detective he was credited with thousands of arrests. He is the Founder & Chairman of Beau Dietl & Associates. Founded in 1985, Beau Dietl & Associates has grown to become one of the premier investigative and security firms in the U.S. In 2010, Bo formed Beau Dietl Consulting Services (BDCS), his company recruits temporary and permanent placements in the IT, finance, and business fields for global leaders and Fortune 500 companies.
YAI is an organization of dedicated people of diverse skills and talents, all focused on a single goal: helping people attain the fullest and most independent life possible. YAI is active in Long Island, providing residential, day, employment and in-home programs.