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ONE PERSON DEAD AND MULTIPLE PEOPLE INJURED IN SHIRLEY WRECK

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Shirley, NY - On Saturday, March 31st around 3:30 P.M., the Ridge Fire Department was called for a crash on the Long Island Expressway eastbound, near Exit 68. Further details from County stated that multiple people were ejected and as many as 10 people were reported to be injured according to SCPD highway units that were on scene. - See full story on Page 2

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One Person Dead and Multiple People Injured in Shirley Wreck Shirley, NY - On Saturday, March 31st around 3:30 P.M., the Ridge Fire Department was called for a crash on the Long Island Expressway eastbound, near Exit 68. Further details from County stated that multiple people were ejected and as many as 10 people were reported to be injured JUMP TO FILE# according to SCPD 040118117 highway units that were on scene. Upon arrival, Ridge chiefs found a crash spread across multiple lanes, involving several vehicles and a motorcycle. Mutual aid was requested from multiple area departments for ambulances and various other resources, and an MCI (Mass Casualty Incident) was declared. Three SCPD Medevacs were called to the scene of the accident and landed on the Long Island Expressway to transport the most serious of the injured to Stony Brook University Hospital, which is a Level 1 trauma center. A total of seven people in the Toyota minivan were transported to local hospitals. One person was pronounced dead at Long Island Medical Center in East Patchogue. The driver of the pickup truck was also taken to Long Island Medical Center where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was also charged with DWI according to police. The driver and a passenger in another minivan did not seek any medical treatment. A motorcyclist was treated as well. The Long Island Expressway was closed in the area for several hours following the crash. Suffolk Police Major Case Detectives are investigating the incident.

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The pickup truck involved in a serious crash on the Long Island Expressway that killed one person and seriously injured several others.

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WORKING FACES If you have photos you would like to see in our “Working Faces” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com

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Mastic Fire Dept. Chief Rudy Sunderman runs command at a recent house fire. JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

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Brookhaven Firefighter Craig Connors awaits additional orders upon arriving at an incident.

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Mastic FD's Ian Arthur operates on scene of a house fire.

Plaque and College Scholarship Awarded to 18-Year-Old Northport F.D. Member Northport, NY - The Northport Volunteer Fire Department would like to congratulate Ryan Brandon, the most recent ex-captain of the junior firefighter program, the "Smokeaters". Recently, Ryan was awarded a promotion to Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy Sea Cadet program. During a meeting at the firehouse on March 19th, Ryan was presented JUMP TO FILE# with a plaque con- 032018105 gratulating him on his outstanding achievement and thanking him for his service to our country, as well as his participation in our junior firefighter program. Ryan was also presented with a college scholarship from ex-Captain William Forster and the Forster family in memory of Willie Forster, a 50+ year member and Navy veteran who passed away last year. As Ryan has just turned 18years-old, he will be joining the Eatons Neck Fire Department and will be following in his father's footsteps, ex-Chief Kevin J. Brandon, who passed away from cancer several years ago. In his father's memory, Ryan is very active in the Northport Fire Department Smokeaters Relay for Life team, which helps to raise funds for cancer research. Ryan is also very active in programs helping the Northport American Legion. Ryan plans on attending college after graduation and upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, is considering a career as an

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officer in the United States Navy. We would like to thank Ryan for his service to the Northport junior firefighter program, the United

States Navy, and the communities of Northport and Eatons Neck. - JOHN MANCINO


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Black Ice Leads to Overturn in Holbrook Holbrook, NY - The Suffolk County Police and Holbrook Fire Department were dispatched to an overturned vehicle on Veterans Highway, going westbound just before Sunrise Highway, around 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 13th. One person was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Two-Car MVA with Injuries in Yaphank Yaphank, NY - One person was injured on March 17th when a minivan and SUV collided in the intersection of County Road 101 and Express Drive South. Yaphank FD personnel secured the cars and transported one person from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Two-Car MVA with Injuries in Hauppauge

Truck Versus Pole in Selden

Hauppauge, NY - During the morning hours of March 14th, the Hauppauge Fire Department was alerted for an MVA in front of the DMV on Veterans Highway. Units arrived to find a two-car collision with one person injured and negative entrapment.

Selden, NY - The Selden Fire Department was dispatched to a reported overturned vehicle into a pole during the evening hours of March 13th. Units arrived to find a truck into a pole with a transformer and wires down on top of the truck. The driver was uninjured. The accident took place in front of 526 Hawkins Road.


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BUDDY SHOTS If you have photos you would like to see in our “Buddy Shots” feature, please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

Mastic Beach EMS members evaluate the scene prior to FD arrival. Firefighters Anthony Paulette & Rudy Sunderman from Mastic FD on scene of a recent car accident. JOHN WALTHERS - SUFFOLK FIRE PHOTOS

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Accident in Mastic Beach Leaves Pickup Truck Upside Down Mastic Beach, NY- On Friday, March 23rd, around 10:28 A.M., Mastic Beach Fire Department and Ambulance were activated for a report of an MVA on Longfellow Drive, off Dogwood Road East. On arrival, responders found an overturned pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was able to self-extricate from the vehicle. He was trans-

JUMP TO FILE #032518103 ported to Brookhaven Hospital by Mastic Beach Ambulance members with non-life-threatening injuries. Members of the Mastic Beach FD made sure the vehicle was secure and no fluids were leaking on

the ground. They then used the winch on Unit 8 to upright the vehicle. The road remained closed after the FD operated, as the police needed to wait for a tow for the pickup and the Town Highway Department had to be notified for a downed stop sign. - JOHN WALTHERS

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Two ex-Chiefs, John Cronin and John Bartnick, take a smoke break after a recent drill in Selden. SABELLA/ON SCENE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Members of Mastic EMS stand by at a recent house fire.

Amityville FD Heavy-Rescue 1-1-15 operating at a working house fire in North Amityville.


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Northport, NY - It is with deep regret that the Northport Fire Department announces the passing of 40-year member, secretary and ex-Captain of the rescue squad, John Michels.

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Flames shoot from the house as firefighters begin making an attack.

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Late Night House Fire in Mastic Snuffed Out by Quick Response Mastic, NY - On Monday, March 26th, around 11:35 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department was activated for a report of a house fire on Cumberland Street, off Pawnee Avenue. On arrival, Chief Rudy Sunderman found flames showing from the chimney and the side of the house and requested a reactivation for a working fire. Mutual aid was started to the scene from Brookhaven and Ridge. The first arriving engines from Mastic hit the hydrant and stretched multiple lines. Firefighters made an aggressive attack and quickly knocked the fire down. Overhaul was conducted to make sure there were no hotspots left. There were no reports of any injuries.

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John joined the ranks of the Northport Fire Department in August of 1978 and was assigned to the Hook and Ladder Company. In 1980 he became an Emergency Medical Technician and served the community providing medical care from 1980 to 2008, 28 years. He served as treasurer of the rescue squad and then was elected as first lieutenant, ultimately advancing to the rank of captain from 1984 to 1986. John served the rescue squad as treasurer from 2012 to 2014. In addition to all the duties he performed for the rescue squad, John was also department secretary for 32 years from 1982 to 2014. In 1981, John was honored as the Rescue Squad Member of the Year for outstanding service to the squad. In 1998, John was Hook and Ladder Company Firefighter of the Year for outstanding performance to the Northport community. In 2003, John was the recipient of the Captain Pete Picchioni Memorial Rescue Squad Member of the Year award for outstanding service.

As you can see from above, John was an extremely active member of the Northport Fire Department, especially the rescue squad. He received the Scoop and Run award for responding to more than 100 ambulance calls in the years 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. John was also recipient of the Northport Fire Department Chief’s award in 2004, 2005 and 2010 for serving the community.

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John was a long-time teacher in the Huntington School District. He served his country for many years in the Navy and Navy Reserves. He was the loving husband of Faye M. (nee Kaylor) Michels; beloved father of Jeannette P. Michels and Timothy J. (Marlene) Michels; cherished grandfather of Delaney, Palmer and Mckenna; fond brother of Irene Dziedzic and the late James Michels. John was an educator, a mentor, and a good friend. He will be missed.

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Roslyn Heights, NY - On March 30, 1973 the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department received a call for a working house fire on Lincoln Avenue.

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Driver Ejected and Trapped Underneath SUV in Selden Selden, NY - Early in the morning on March 16th at 1:40 A.M., two cars collided at the intersection of Adirondack Drive and Mooney Pond in Selden. One car flipped onto its side and ejected the driver, who ended JUMP TO FILE# up pinned under- 031918120 neath the SUV. Selden FD personnel secured the SUV and gradually lifted it, freeing the driver who was then rushed to Stony Brook Hospital for treatment. - CHRIS SABELLA

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Vehicles Collide in Mastic During Evening Rush Hour Mastic, NY - On Friday, March 9th, around 5:49 P.M., the Mastic Fire Department and Ambulance were activated for a report of an MVA on Mastic Road, off Meadowmere Avenue. On arrival, Chief Rudy Sunderman went to work assessing the scene. It was determined that no one JUMP TO FILE# was trapped and all 031118107 occupants refused medical attention, however a decent amount of clean up needed to be done by the fire department. Crews went to work removing debris out of the road and off the sidewalk. This included a tire that flew off one of the cars. Speedy dry also needed to be used to clean up the fluids. Traffic was slowed down during the evening rush while responders cleaned up the mess. Suffolk County Police and Mastic FD Fire Police were on the scene to control traffic and make sure those operating were safe. All fire apparatus was back in service within about 30 minutes. - JOHN WALTHERS

Mastic Ambulance Company pulls up in front of one of the damaged vehicles.

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MVA with Entrapment Leaves Driver Injured in Melville Melville, NY - The Melville Fire Department and Suffolk County Police Department were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment in front of 151 Broad Hollow Road just before 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday, April 4th. Emergency units arrived to find a vehicle on its side with the driver unconscious and still trapped inside. Firefighters quickly removed the occupant through the windshield and secured fluids in the roadway. The driver was taken by ground to a local trauma center for further treatment.

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MVA in Medford Leaves Man’s Head Pinned Underneath Van After Being Ejected Medford, NY - Just after 7:00 P.M. on Monday, March 19th, the driver of a van was seriously injured after hitting a tree on Tarpon Road in JUMP TO FILE# Medford. The im- 032118106 pact from the crash forced the driver to be ejected from the vehicle, which then trapped him underneath as it overturned. Medford firefighters worked with hydraulic tools to remove the trapped driver, whose head was pinned to the ground. Once freed, the driver was transported by Medford Ambulance to a local trauma center for immediate care. SCPD followed the ambulance to the hospital where the driver was checked for possible DWI. Members from SCPD 5th Squad and crime scene responded for the investigation. - CHRIS SABELLA

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