Alumnus Max Rose ’04 Serves During Pandemic

Poly Prep was already proud of Max Rose ‘04 when he was elected to represent NY District 11 in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, making him the first Poly graduate to serve in the U.S. Congress. When the coronavirus pandemic became an unprecedented crisis in New York City and globally in March 2020, Rose made Poly proud again when he deployed with his National Guard unit to assist in medical operations on Staten Island, NY.

Max Rose

Rose, who received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service as a platoon leader in Afghanistan, has continued serving as company commander in the New York Army National Guard.

“As a Congressman, a soldier, and a Captain in the Guard, it is my duty to do all I can to serve our district and our country,” Rose said at the time. “My part in this fight is a small one compared to the doctors, nurses, and health care workers on the front lines of this each and every day. But at this moment in time, I know my service is needed, and I am proud to answer the call.”

On April 16, Rose gave us an update. “Following my deployment with the National Guard, we have successfully built an emergency COVID-19 hospital capable of providing lifesaving care for 260 people right here in the 11th Congressional District.”

We could not be prouder.