Fire News Long Island, November 2021 edition

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VOLUME XLVIV, NO. 3

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In this issue... 30 Displaced in Lakeview Blaze A multi-use building burns and has its roof collapse. See story on page 12

Early Morning Fire in Smithtown Crews arrive to a home fully involved and extending on Sandalwood Drive.

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FFs and Civilians Injured in Elmont Blaze Crews were met with a fully involved structure with residents trapped.

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Fatality at East Farmingdale Crash One fatality and four injured in a single-vehicle accident. See story on page 34

3 N. Massapequa Officers Reach Milestone Three officers reach five decades of service to North Massapequa. See story on page 77

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Are You Ready for Winter Whoa’s? The other day, I responded to a call, only to find that my car windows were totally fogged up and I was unable to safely drive. While I was waiting for my car windows to clear, I realized that before we know it, we will be dealing with horrendous weather conditions that affect our response to the firehouse. I thought it would be fun to share some of the remedies that firefighters shared with me over the years. So, let’s have some fun. Reminiscing over my past 50 years of driving, I thought of some of the advice I received on the topic of dealing with the cold conditions of winter. Many of the experienced drivers I talked to had to deal with weather conditions in areas like Alaska, the Dakotas and the Adirondacks. My first real lesson on the adverse effects of weather was in the early 70s. I learned how members of the military in Alaska kept their cars from freezing. I learned that drivers had to install battery warmers, oil warmers, coolant warmers and interior warmers. Interior warmer? Yes, the vinyl seats in cars would crack into pieces if the seats were not kept warm. Thankfully, Long Island only must deal with frosted windows, weak batteries losing their charge and black ice.

In 1979, I learned that cold conditions, even on Long Island, created havoc for my Volkswagen diesel engine. A few of my truck driver friends suggested installing coolant heaters to keep my engine block warm. Voila! The problem of starting my car was solved. The downside was that I had to plug my car in at night. I joined the volunteer fire service in 1992. It didn’t take me long to figure out that my response in the wee hours of the morning was detained because my car’s windshield had to be defrosted before I could respond. Thankfully, remote starts came into play. When a call came in at 0300, I reached over, hit the remote start, got dressed and ran out to my car which was starting to warm up. I also kept a spray bottle of windshield washer fluid that I added a few ounces of dry gas to. Dry gas is an alcohol-based liquid that further lowered the freezing temperature of my windshield washer fluid. It worked well to rapidly defrost my windshield. I also learned not to turn on my windshield wipers right away. Turning the wipers on would remove the fluid and the windows would fog up again. If you go to your local auto parts store,

you will find windshield covers, spray deicer, and other items to help you overcome frosted windows. If you are in a cold area, do a search online to find all kinds of heaters that can keep your car warm at night. Why am I sharing my stories of winter whoa’s with you? Over the years, I have seen members scrape a small hole in the frost that covered their windshield. Then, they would drive to the firehouse only realizing that the ice that was scraped off reappeared halfway to the firehouse. Be smart and safe. Don’t respond to the firehouse until your car’s windshield is clear. Have a safe winter. Think of winter whoa’s before they happen. - Dennis

Long Beach House Fire

In the early morning hours of September 25, 2021, the Long Beach Fire Department, along with mutual aid companies, operated at a fire on East Market Street off Riverside Boulevard. Units were met with heavy fire showing from a two-story, two-family private dwelling. Despite the fire load, firefighters were able to make a quick knock-

down and prevent further extension. Firefighters stretched and operated three handlines. The occupants of the residence made it out safely and the cause of the fire was under investigation. All fire department units were under the command of Long Beach Chief of Department Jacobi. - Fire News photos by K2MPhotography.com See page 63 for more coverage.


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Good Stop in Medford

On the morning of September 23, 2021, the Medford Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on Heather Avenue. FRES dispatch took multiple calls from neighbors reporting visible smoke and flames from the home. Upon arrival, units were met with heavy fire conditions to the rear of the structure. Mutual aid

was brought in from Gordon Heights, Coram, Yaphank and Holtsville. The fire was quickly knocked down by first-due crews despite the fire load, and several pets were removed to safety. No serious injuries were reported. Command requested a fire marshal to the scene for an investigation. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez


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Lines Come Down as Flames Engulf Farmingville Home

The Farmingville Fire Department responded to a house fire near the intersection of Woodycrest Drive and Pineaire Avenue. The fire quickly spread and engulfed the house causing the PSEG power line to detach from the house and fall into the front yard. Firefighters operating at the fire came into contact with the electrified water and

received shocks. The firefighters’ injuries were not considered life threatening and they were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Multiple departments were called in for mutual aid. The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal’s office was investigating the cause of the fire. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone


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East Meadow House Fire

In the early morning of October 6, 2021, the East Meadow Fire Department was called to a Hull Street house fire with people possibly trapped. When firefighters arrived, they were met with heavy fire showing from the rear of a two-story private dwelling. Within the first few minutes of the operation, it was confirmed that all occupants were

out of the residence. Firefighters stretched and operated three handlines off East Meadow Engine 612. North Bellmore was designated the FAST. One firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by K2MPhotography.com


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What Genius Torched the FBI’s Training Car?

The Kings Park Fire Department responded to a car fire in the courtyard of Building 7 of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center on Kings Park Boulevard at 1500 on October 7, 2021. A car which was being utilized by the FBI for training purposes was engulfed in flames upon arrival of the fire department. Firefighters extinguished the fire while the New York State Parks Police, along with Smithtown Fire Marshals, were on scene investigating. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

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Syosset MVA Then a Stove Fire On September 13, 2021, the Syosset Fire Department was working an MVA on the eastbound Long Island Expressway on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway ramp when they were alerted for a stove fire on Oakwood Drive. Arriving units found a fire behind the stove had been extinguished by the homeowner and crews checked for extension which was negative. - Fire News photo by ImmsterFirePhotos.com

Man Rescued at Copiague House Fire On September 19, 2021, the Copiague Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on Deauville Boulevard. Upon arrival, Chief of Department Dominick Nuzzi established command and transmitted a working fire. Mutual aid was requested from area departments to assist. Crews made entry, quickly locating and removing a victim, who was then transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The fire was brought under control within an hour. The Suffolk County Police Arson Squad responded for an investigation. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez



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30 Displaced, Roof Collapses in Lakeview Blaze The Lakeview Fire Department and numerous surrounding departments responded to a building fire at Woodfield Road and Eagle Avenue just after 0400 on September 19, 2021. First Assistant Chief Joyce arrived to find fire showing from the second-floor apartments above a vacant store in a row of stores. First arriving crews made an interior attack, but were forced out due to deteriorating conditions and went to an exterior attack. Multiple tower ladders and handlines were put into operation. The fire spread throughout the second floor, displacing 30 people from the apartments and caused most of the roof to collapse into the building. The businesses on the first floor were also heavily damaged. The fire took about five hours to bring under control with four firefighters injured. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Chief of Department Galia was in charge of the scene. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza, Bill D’Alessandro and FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Looking Back Medford - 2016

North Amityville - 2016

The Medford Fire Department responded to a structure fire on November 16, 2015. According to police a body was found in a car parked in the garage. - Fire News photo by Cameron Wilken

On September 19, 2016, the North Amityville Fire Company was alerted for a fire at the Amityville Square Apartments on Great Neck Road. Six families were displaced by the fire. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Long Island Expwy. - 2016 Firefighters responded to a threevehicle MVA on the Long Island Expressway that took the lives of six people on the morning of August 21, 2016. - Fire News photo by Eddie Coppa


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Freeport House Fire Snuffed

The Freeport Fire Department transmitted a working fire in a private dwelling on the morning of September 27, 2021. The fire in the Cape Cod-style home on Weberfield Avenue required two lines to extinguish. The Merrick Fire Department responded as the FAST. - Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhotos.com



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Esther Place Garage Fire

On August 18, 2021, at approximately 2145, the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a garage fire on Esther Place. Chief of Department Labianca confirmed active fire in the garage. Engine 712 stretched the initial attack line to begin extinguishing the fire, which was quickly

knocked down with two lines stretched. With the assistance of crews from Elmont, West Hempstead and Valley Stream, the fire was placed under control in approximately 20 minutes. - Fire News photos by OverTheEdgePhotography.com

Uniondale House Fire

The Uniondale Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Larboard Court shortly after 0200 on September 11, 2021. Firefighters arrived to fire showing on a second-floor patio of a two-story home. Ladder 7544 grabbed a hydrant in front of the house. The crews from 7544 and Engines 752 and 753 stretched and operated two lines from 7544 and had the fire knocked down quickly with slight extension into the house. All searches of the home were negative, the occupant’s having exited prior to the fire department’s arrival. Mutual aid came from Hempstead, Roosevelt, North Bellmore and Freeport. Chief of Department Martinez was in charge. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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Deer Park Basment Fire

On September 22, 2021, at 1522, the Deer Park Fire Department responded to a smoke in the house call. Acting Chief of the Department Robert Macaluso advised Babylon Central Fire Alarm to re-tone for a fire in the basement. Engine 1-4-11 advanced the handline into the house knocking down the fire. Firefighters found and brought out animals to Deer Park’s EMS who attended to the animals; some were transported to the local animal hospital. North Babylon and Dix Hill were the mutual aid departments assisting. - Fire News photos by BTFirePhoto


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1 Burned at Ronkonkoma House Fire

On September 27, 2021, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a residential fire on Carroll Avenue. Commanding units were met with smoke showing, and with further investigation transmitted a working fire. Mutual aid was brought in from Nesconset, Lakeland, Holtsville and Farmingville to assist. Prior to crews’ arrival, the homeowner was able to knock a large body of the fire down with a garden hose, but sustained burns to the hands and body doing so. The fire made its way up into the attic, but was quickly extinguished by crews. Command requested a fire marshal to the scene for an investigation. The alarm was under the Command of 1st Assistant Chief Vinny Diaz. - Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez

Roosevelt Car Fire

In the early morning hours of October 2, 2021, the Roosevelt Fire Department was called to a car fire on East Fulton Avenue off Scherer Place. When firefighters arrived on scene, they were met with a car fire with no exposure issues. Firefighters put one handline into operation off Roosevelt Engine 733 and had the main body of fire quickly knocked down. There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire was under investigation. Fire department units were under the command of Roosevelt Second Assistant Chief Dawkins. - Fire News photos by K2MPhotography.com


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Car Fire in North Bellmore

On the night of September 14, 2021, the North Bellmore Fire Department operated at a car fire on South Bismark Avenue off Bellmore Road. Firefighters put one handline into operation off North Bellmore Engine 655 and the main body of fire was quickly

knocked down. North Bellmore Engine 656 was also on scene. There were no injuries, and all fire department units were under the command of North Bellmore Assistant Chief White. - Fire News photo by K2MPhotography.com


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Massapequa MVA, Car Fire The Massapequa Fire Department and Nassau County Police responded to an MVA with reported car fire on westbound Sunrise Highway east of Unqua Road about 21:40 September 17, 2021. Chief of Department Batt arrived to find one vehicle off the road and fully involved. The vehicle struck another vehicle before going off the road into the trees. There were three people in the vehicle, two were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by Nassau County Police Ambulance. The third person was reported to have fled the scene. Engine 6314 and Ladder 636 responded. The crew from 6314 put one line into operation to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes, the crew from 636 overhauled the vehicle and checked the surrounding area with a TIC for any other possible victims. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Early Morning House Fire in Smithtown

The Smithtown Fire Department responded to a house fire on Sandalwood Drive in Smithtown on September 27, 2021, at 0505. Upon arrival of firefighters the home was fully engulfed in flames which were extending to vehicles in the driveway and a neighboring residence. All occupants were able to safely evacuate without injury. Mutual aid was requested from Hauppauge, Nesconset, Saint James, Kings Park and Commack to the scene. Nissequogue, Kings Park and Commack Ambulance stood by. The Smithtown Fire Marshal and Suffolk Police were investigating. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber



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Westhampton Beach Shed Fire

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department responded to a shed fire behind a Peters Lane residence shortly before noon on September 12, 2021. First Assistant Chief Darryl Schunk, directed the crew of Engine 7-8-1 to run a three-inch hose over the home’s front yard fence and into the backyard where the shed was fully engulfed. The 7-8-1 crew had water on the fire in minutes and soon had it extinguished. The department responded with two engines, a ladder truck, and a fire police vehicle. Quogue sent an engine and the Southampton Town and Westhampton Beach police departments were also on scene. East Quogue sent a standby engine to the Westhampton Beach firehouse and the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance responded to the fire as well. The cause of the fire was being investigated by the Southampton Town Fire Marshal. - Fire News photos courtesy of the Westhampton Beach FD


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West Hempstead Car Fire

West Hempstead firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire on New York Avenue near Hempstead Turnpike on October 5, 2021. - Fire News photos by FirstOnScenePhoto.com


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NYS Association of Fire Chaplains Annual Training Conference

(Above): Chaplain Thomas With (1st Deputy Chief Chaplain from Colonie, NY), Chaplain Richard Bolster (2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain from Malone, NY) Paul Simmons conducting the swearing in, and Chief Chaplain Leon VanWie. (Below): Chaplain Thomas Flander, Jr. (Fonda, NY) extinguishing candles; Chaplain Thomas Doyle (Saranac, NY) tolling the bell.

In May 2020, Rev. Leon VanWie was elected Chief Chaplain of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, an organization with over 350 members. Due to Covid-19 the annual meeting and training conference scheduled for Watertown in April 2020 was postponed until April 2021. Out of caution, the training and memorial service was delayed until August 2021. Chaplains from across New York State and one from North Carolina attended the four-day event. Many chaplains were eager to meet in person, since last year's conference had been cancelled, however, some were still hesitant because of the increase in Covid cases in New York State. One chaplain and his wife from Long Island registered for the conference but contracted Covid prior to the conference and the chaplain, unfortunately, died August 23. Several chaplains, who could not attend in person, were able to participate through the streaming service that was offered, however. Dr. Ryan Noel Fraser, LCPT, ACPE Psychotherapist, Associate Professor of Bible and Pastoral Counseling at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, provided the training on “Crisis Counseling in Chaplaincy.” At the end of the classroom training, the chaplains put what they learned into practice during a drill, where the chaplains dealt with a victim who survived a terrorist attack. A memorial service was held at Asbury United Methodist Church in Watertown where 22 chaplains, who had answered their last alarm in 2019 and 2020, were honored and remembered during a candle lighting and bell ceremony. Also, since this was the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we also remembered those killed that tragic day, especially the 343 from the FDNY. At the annual banquet, held at the Ramada Inn, there was a swearing-in ceremony where members could celebrate and acknowledge the officers of the Chaplains’ Association. Chaplain VanWie has worked to enhance the connections of the chaplains throughout the state by offering semi-weekly communications lifting up common concerns of the chaplains and the sharing of joys, concerns, and death notices. The chaplains have also participated in several online gatherings to help get to know each other. - Fire News photos courtesy of Julie K. Covey

Are You a Fire Chaplain? Want to join the NYS Association of Fire Chaplains? Contact Chief Chaplain Leon VanWie at leonvanwie@gmail.com.


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Prescribed Burn in Rocky Point

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers, DEC staff and volunteers as well as firefighters from the Central Pine Barrens Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Albany Pine Bush Commission completed a four-acre prescribed fire woodland burn in DEC’s Rocky Point Pine Barrens

State Forest on September 27, 2021. Prescribed fires reduce wildfire risk and increase public safety as well as advance ecosystem restoration and resiliency to southern pine beetle. All burns are implemented by prescribed fire professionals to ensure safety. - Fire News photos provided by Bill Fonda, DEC



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Extension Stopped in Uniondale

On the night of October 4, 2021, the Uniondale Fire Department operated on the scene of a car fire next to a residence on Uniondale Avenue off Hampton Road. Firefighters had the main body of fire quickly knocked down and were able to prevent the fire from

extending into the home. The cause of the fire was under investigation. All fire department units were under the command of Uniondale Chief of Department Martinez. - Fire News photo by K2MPhotography.com


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MVA with Fire in Amityville The Amityville Fire Department was called to an MVA with car fire on Merrick Road in the vicinity of the high school, on the afternoon of September 2, 2021. First Responder 1-1-80 arrived and confirmed the vehicle fire. Second Assistant Chief Juliano arrived and took command. The driver of a car clipped another vehicle then hit a utility pole head on, snapping it. The collision caused the vehicle to catch fire and cause a power outage in the area. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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4 FFs Hurt, Several Civilians Injured in Elmont Blaze

In the early morning hours of October 2, 2021, the Elmont Fire Department was called to a Marshall Street house fire with people trapped. Firefighters were met with heavy fire showing from a two-story private dwelling. Firefighters discovered that some occupants within the residence were able to self-evacuate while others required rescue. Multiple handlines were put into operation which led to the main body of fire being quickly knocked down. Franklin Square and Munson, Valley Stream and Malverne were among the neighboring fire departments called for mutual aid. As a result of the fire several people were injured, including two firefighters. The most serious injuries were sustained by a 14-year-old girl and an 82-year-old male — both were listed in critical condition. The cause of the fire was under investigation and all fire department units were under the command of Elmont Chief of Department Conti. - Fire News photos by K2MPhotography.com and FirstOnScenePhotos.com



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EMS ACROSS THE ISLAND

Gas Leak in Uniondale

On the afternoon of September 21, 2021, the Uniondale Fire Department responded to a gas line struck at the ShopRite on Jerusalem Avenue. Fire Com reported police had calls about a gas main being struck in the rear of the building. Chief 7500 called two mutual aid trucks and an engine to the scene. He then called first and second alarms for the scene and a third for stand by. Truck company did searches of the buildings. - Fire News photos by Bill D’Alessandro

1 Fatal, 4 Injured in East Farmingdale MVA

The East Farmingdale Fire Company was alerted for an MVA with reported entrapment on Route 110 at Route 109 on September 19, 2021. Chief of Department Welliver arrived first and had a single-vehicle accident involving a sports sedan. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Route 109 and exited onto the southbound ramp of Route 110 and crashed head on into the cement divider. The driver of the vehicle was trapped; the crew from 1-5-4 and Suffolk County Police ESU extracted the driver in

about 15 minutes. The front passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and three passengers in the back were also injured, two seriously. The driver was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by Suffolk County Police helicopter. The other passengers were taken to Nassau University Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital by 1-5-8, 1-5-10, West Babylon Ambulance 19-7 and Farmingdale Ambulance 9299. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza



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Overturn in North Amityville

The North Amityville and East Farmingdale Fire Companies stabilized the vehicle and the driver was removed through the rear responded to an MVA with reported overturn on Adams Street on doors and taken to a local hospital. Suffolk County Police ESU the afternoon of September 1, 2021. The driver of a work van lost also responded to upright the vehicle. control of the vehicle and overturned, injuring the driver. Crews - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza



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Smithtown Head-on MVA

The Suffolk Police and Smithtown Fire Department responded to a head-on MVA on Meadow Road in Smithtown on September 23, 2021, at 1338. A commercial work van and a car collided, trapping the driver of the work van. Firefighters and police using hydraulic extrication tools worked for 20 minutes to extricate the driver. The van driver was transported by Smithtown Fire Department ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital suffering multiple injuries. The driver of the car was treated at the scene for minor injuries. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

Hicksville 4-Car MVA The Hicksville and Plainview fire departments and Nassau County Police responded to a four-car MVA at the intersection of Old Country and South Oyster Bay Roads in Hicksville on September 20, 2021, at 0935. Two of the drivers were injured and transported to area hospitals by Nassau County Police Ambulance. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber


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Bellport 2-Car MVA

On October 12, 2021 the Bellport Fire Department, and South Country Ambulance Company, were activated for an MVA at the intersection of Station Road, and Atlantic Avenue. Upon arrival units were met with a two-car MVA and advised incoming crews of

negative entrapment. The crew of Bellport Rescue 7 secured both involved vehicles, and attended to all debris in the roadway. All injuries were minor. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez


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Extrication in Massapequa

Multi-Vehicle Crash Injures Over a Dozen

At 1751 on September 20, 2021, the Massapequa Fire Department responded to a two-car MVA at the corner of Central and New York Avenues in Massapequa. Chief of Department Batt found one vehicle on its side with the driver trapped inside. Medics from the department Rescue Company evaluated the driver while firefighters from companies 1 and 2 and the Squad made a cut in the roof and the driver was removed from the vehicle and transported by MFD Ambulance. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy, MFD

The West Islip and Babylon Fire Departments along with ambulances from West Babylon and North Babylon responded to an accident on northbound Route 231 at the John Street overpass about 1415 on September 24, 2021. A tractor trailer traveling north on Route 231 collided with a bus from Suffolk Transportation, a compact car was also involved in the collision and was spun around. The bus had nine people on board, including seven nonverbal special needs adults. The two people in the tractor trailer, the driver of the car and all the occupants from the bus were all transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

RV into SSP Bridge

W. Hempstead MC vs. Car

The Lakeview Fire Department was alerted for a vehicle into the bridge on the Southern State Parkway at exit 18 Eagle Avenue on September 21, 2021. An RV plowed into the eastbound overpass and half of the vehicle was torn off the chassis and left on the roadway. There were no serious injuries, but traffic was backed up for miles. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

The West Hempstead Fire Department responded to a car versus motorcycle accident on August 17, 2021. The accident, on Hempstead Avenue near Linberg Street, caused the motorcyclist to be slightly injured. County police were also on the scene. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Luckily, They Were Passing By

On September 25, 2021, Massapequa Ambulance 637 was responding to a call when they came upon a two-car MVA with one overturned at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Pacific Street in Massapequa Park. Assistant Chief Friedland, Engine 5, Ladder 2 and additional MFD ambulances responded to the scene. The driv-

er of the overturned vehicle was transported by NCPD Ambulance; a second occupant of that vehicle and an occupant of the other vehicle were transported by MFD ambulances. Amityville FD responded to 637’s original call. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy, MFD


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Overturned and Fleeing the Scene in Carle Place On August 29, 2021, at approximately 0750, the Carle Place Fire Department was dispatched to a reported overturn in the vicinity of Westbury Avenue and Carle Road. Westbury Lieutenant Topel was first on scene and confirmed the overturned auto with the driver out of the car and running away. Rescue Engine 912 were quickly on scene and secured the vehicle. The scene was quickly placed under control with the driver located a few blocks away by Nassau County Police. - Fire News photo by OvertheEdgePhotography.com

Westhampton MVA with Entrapment The Westhampton Beach Fire Department responded to an MVA at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Old Country Road shortly before 0800 on September 8, 2021. First Assistant Chief Darryl Schunk and Third Assistant Chief Jeff Wachenfeld reported the MVA was between a pickup and a sedan on the side of Montauk Highway. The sedan was on its side with a woman trapped. The department responded with two engines, a rescue truck and a fire police vehicle. Firefighters first stabilized the sedan and then proceeded to cut off the roof. The victim was extricated and transported to an area hospital by the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance. - Fire News photos courtesy of the Westhampton Beach FD


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1 Injured in Hempstead MVA

The Hempstead Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle collision on Kennedy Avenue near Kane Avenue on October 1, 2021. At least one person was slightly injured and transported to an area hospital. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

RMA at Massapequa Flip MVA

On the afternoon of September 11, 2021, the Massapequa Fire Department responded to a single-car accident on Clearview Lane in Massapequa. The vehicle had struck a tree and flipped over. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle and he was RMA. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy, MFD


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Commack 1-Car MVA

The Suffolk Police, Commack Fire Department and Commack Ambulance responded to an accident on Harned Road near Parkway Drive North on August 31, 2021, at 1740. A van traveling southbound apparently lost control and hit a tree, trapping its lone male driver inside the vehicle. Firefighters freed the driver in 15 minutes. Commack Ambulance treated the injured driver and transported him to Southside University Hospital suffering serious injuries. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Garden City MVA

The Garden City Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle MVA on Rockaway Avenue near First Street on August 31, 2021. One person was injured and transported to an area hospital by NYU ambulance. Village police were also on the scene. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com

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West Hempstead Drill On September 6, 2021, the West Hempstead Westerners Drill Team hosted its Annual Labor Day Drill at the Weir Street track in Hempstead. This is the end of the year’s main points drills and the end of a long season. The sun was out and all the teams were all out looking to build up their points and, at the end of the day, five teams stood out. In first place with 26 points was Oyster Bay, in second place with 23 points was Farmingville, in third place with 20 points was West Hempstead, in fourth place with 18 points was North Bellmore, and in fifth place with 9 points was South Hempstead. Thank you to the West Hempstead Westerners who hosted the drill and to the officials and the fans who made this a great day. - Fire News photos by Bill D’Alessandro



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NYS Old Fashioned Championship August 14, 2021 Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th

Team Points Bellmore Ballbreakers 32 Baldwin Tomcats 31 Seaford Inmates 24 Bayville Oak Neckers 16 Albertson Slo Pokes 15

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Honoring the Fallen 13

On August 30, 2021, members of the East Quogue Fire Department August 26, 2021. Many passing motorists on Montauk Highway utilized an opportunity during a photo shoot showcasing their expressed their gratitude and appreciation for this solemn display “new” tower ladder to place American flags across their headquar- of respect. - Fire News photo by Tom Rinelli ters to honor the 13 fallen military members lost in Afghanistan on


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Remembering Our Heroes

On September 26, 2021, the Brookhaven Firemen’s Memorial took place at the Firemen’s Museum in Ridge. The Invocation was performed by Chaplain Jim Vas and the roll call of all those who passed away during the last two years was read by Mike Barry and Robert McConville. The closing remarks were given by President Patrick Perry, who thanked all the elected officials and guests for attending the ceremony. - Fire News photos by Jim Dunn


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Firefighter Cancer Support Network Golf Outing

On October 20, 2021, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network held their annual golf event at the Wind Watch Golf and Country Club. Thank you to everyone who supported the fund and came out for a great day of golf, followed by lunch at the Nesconset Fire Department. See you next year on May 9, 2022. - Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam (More photos on next page)


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Suffolk County Says Farewell to Commissioner Jordan More than 250 local first responders, Suffolk County elected officials, government employees and friends said farewell to Commissioner John G. Jordan, Sr., earlier this month after 14 years of service with the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES). Prior to serving as FRES Commissioner, Commissioner Jordan was Deputy Commissioner from 2012-2018 and started his FRES career in the Office of Emergency Management in 2007. During his tenure, Commissioner Jordan oversaw the County’s emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic and served as Deputy Incident Commander during Superstorm Sandy. Commissioner Jordan has been a first responder in various capacities for more than 30 years, and continues to serve in the North Babylon Volunteer Fire Company today. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone, story by Peter Guaraldi, SCFRES-PIO


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Freeport Installation 2021

On the afternoon of September 26, 2021, the Freeport Fire Department held a promotion ceremony in which the chiefs, line officers and other positions within the department were promoted into office. Ex-Captain Casey Weltner was the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which was attended by various members of the Freeport Fire Department, dignitaries, and other guests. Leading the Freeport Fire Department is Chief of Department Joseph Sotira — the son of ex-Chief Michael Sotira who led the Department in 1994 and was among those present at the Sunday event. In the chief’s office with Chief Sotira are Assistant Chiefs Donnelly, Collica and Gonzalez. The best of luck to all those promoted. - Fire News photos by K2MPhotography.com



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Family Corner

St. James Fire Department Captain Kevin Peterson and his daughter Olivia get together for a family photo. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Up Close & Personal

The oldest active Bay Shore Fire Department member ex-Chief Robert Hulse. Chief Hulse is 81-years old and has 58-active years in the department. He got together with the department’s newest and youngest member, 17-year old Connor White. - Fire News photo provided by the Bay Shore FD


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A Look at Future Firefighting

On September 25, 2021, at approx. 0230, the Long Beach Fire Department requested Atlantic Beach Rescue’s Drone Unit to respond to the scene of a structure fire in a private dwelling on East Market Street in the City of Long Beach. Pilot Daniel Hamelburg operated two of the unit’s drones to provide Long Beach Chief of Department Jake Jacobi and his command staff with both overwatch and infrared coverage of the fire. This is the second time the Drone Unit has been activated into service in the City of Long Beach for fire duty, the first, being at the scene of the fourth-alarm fire at a commercial building

earlier this year. The Drone Unit is staffed by members assigned to the Rescue Branch of Atlantic Beach Rescue, several of whom are licensed FAA Part 107 Pilots. The unit trains regularly with its regional partners in fire, urban search and rescue, wide-area search and water rescues. The unit is available for local and regional response as a standalone asset or part of a mission ready package. Fire service and community demonstrations and inquiries are welcome through the Chief's Office of the Atlantic Beach Rescue. - Fire News photo by the ABR360 Drone Unit; story by J. Olsen, PIO AB Rescue 360

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East Hampton Holds Open House On October 3, 2021, the East Hampton Fire Department hosted its annual Open House, with equipment and heavy rescue demonstrations, a smoke maze, food and prizes for the best elementary school fire safety posters. - Fire News photos by Charlotte Campbell



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Mineola Junior FD Rappelling Exercise

The Mineola Fire Department Juniors did a rappelling exercise the junior firefighters. Mineola is one the few departments that do recently. A lot of work goes into this special training with the this exciting training for their junior fire department. instructors making preparations and setting everything up which - Fire News photos by Bill Gresalfi includes strict direction and must be followed by the members and


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VEEB Medal Day at Lindenhurst On September 22, 2021, the Lindenhurst Fire Department hosted the Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB) of the County of Suffolk’s Medal Day. The ceremony was organized and presented by VEEB President Robert Kutch, Chief Edward Johnston, Executive Director and Chief Rudolph A. Sunderman, Deputy Director, of the Suffolk County Fire Academy. Thank you to all our friends in government and officers at Suffolk County Fire Rescue, and firematic organizations who attended the night. Congratulations to all our Medal of Valor recipients who went above and beyond. This year we congratulate and recognize:

GOLD MEDAL: Lindenhurst Fire Department; Mark Miller and John Tighe, Jr.

Sag Harbor Fire Department; Robert Bori, Phillip ‘Pete’ Garypie, Michael Guyer and Kevin O’Brien, Jr.

SILVER MEDAL: North Patchogue Fire Department; Eugene Spiotta.

SCFA INSTRUCTORS OF THE YEAR: Al Nemecek Award to Deputy Chief Juan A. LaGrandier II.

UNIT CITATIONS: Brentwood Fire Department; Brian Coughlin, Henry Rodriquez, Jacob Fajardo and Brian Ullo. Mastic Fire Department; Rudolph Sunderman and Rudolph M. Sunderman. Rocky Point Fire Department; Frederick Hess, William Lattman and Sean McCarrick.

JACK GIBSON AWARD: Deputy Chief John M. Hawkins and Deputy Chief Robert J. Pflug. FRES COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR: Frank L. Obremski Memorial Award (Presented by Commissioner John Jordan): Jamie Atkinson and Bruce Bates. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone (More photos page 68)


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Honoring Chief Philip Tepe

Recently, family, friends and hundreds of fellow firefighters turned out to pay respects and honored past-Chief and Commissioner of the Dix Hills Fire Department Philip Tepe. The beautiful and moving ceremony was held in the quarters of Chief Tepe’s Company 2 on East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills. Throughout the service, many great stories and tributes were told of the wonderful and caring life that Chief Tepe had led. God Bless Chief Phil Tepe. His contributions and memory will never be forgotten and will live on forever. - Fire News photos by Andrew J. Ippolito and Ron Monteleone; story by John Ippolito, Jr.


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Suffolk County’s Fire Police Annual Refresher

The Mastic Fire Department held the second annual Fire Police Refresher class this year. It was attended by members of all departments in Suffolk County. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone


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Suffolk EMS’ Ellen Komosinski to Retire

Suffolk EMS has had a long history as an American Heart Association Training Center. The Training Center’s coordinator, Ellen Komosinski, will be retiring at the end of this year. Over the years Ellen has trained many CPR instructors. Those instructors have gone on to teach hundreds of individuals in CPR. Most, like

almost all of us, have been taught CPR by one of Ellen’s instructors. So, in a sense, all the saves we recognize today, Ellen was a part of the team. Please join me in thanking Ellen Komosinski for her dedication to the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival and wish her well in retirement. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone


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EMTs, PD Reunite with Mother and Baby Officers Ryan Quarte and Jaime Tagliamonte responded to a Bellport home on August 19, 2021, at 0730 for a woman in labor. When they arrived, they located Heather Warren on her kitchen floor in active labor. The officers assisted South Country Ambulance Chief of Department Greg Miglino, Assistant Chief of Operations Joseph Craig, Paramedic Luis Salinas and EMTs Danielle Hanley and Anna Lasorsa in delivering the baby. The baby boy was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and once it was removed, he showed signs of distress and required additional medical attention at the scene. Thanks to the efforts of the first responders, both Warren and her baby named Kendall are healthy. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone


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LONG ISLAND METRO FIRE/EMS EXPO - SAVE THE DATE! The Islip Town Fire and EMS Museum and Education Center and the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) are excited to announce the dates of the Long Island Metro Fire/EMS Expo. The event will be held February 11 to 13, 2022, at the Nassau Coliseum. Expo hours will be Friday, February 11 from 1500 to 1900; Saturday, February 12 from 0900 to 1700; and Sunday, February 13 from 0900 to 1300. The museum and NYSAFC are excited about this partnership, which will allow for a comprehensive event featuring exhibits of new products and technologies in the industry, as well as 15 one-hour educational seminars for emergency services personnel. This event will benefit the museum and the association, supporting their shared mission to serve the fire and emergency services personnel of Long Island and New York State.

Exhibitor registration information will be emailed in the coming weeks. Exhibitor and attendee registration details will also be made available on the NYSAFC website (www.nysfirechiefs.com). Questions can be emailed to liexpo@nysfirechiefs.com.

FIRSTNET AND WILDFIRE RESPONSE OPERATIONS: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Since the launch of FirstNet in 2018, the network has become an important tool in the toolbox for wildland firefighters. At the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), our goal is to support public safety in operationalizing their network, FirstNet, and ensure it continues to evolve to meet public safety’s communications needs. As part of our engagement efforts, we spoke to several wildland firefighters and agencies about lessons learned of using public safety broadband for combating wildfires. Here are their takeaways and key things to keep in mind when it comes to using FirstNet to support the frontlines: 1. Know how to request FirstNet’s deployable assets for a Wildland Fire Incident When disaster strikes, the FirstNet fleet of dedicated public safety deployables assets provides users with the ability to add FirstNet coverage and capacity where they need it most. The fleet is made up of more than 100 deployable assets, like SatCOLTS, Compact Rapid Deployables, and Communications Vehicles, which are available to FirstNet subscribers 24/7 by request and at no extra charge. These mobile cell sites link to FirstNet via satellite, provide access to FirstNet’s Band 14 public safety spectrum, do not rely on commercial power availability, and provide similar capabilities and connectivity as a cell tower. FirstNet has a dedicated team of customer service representatives available around the clock. If at all possible, fire teams are strongly encouraged to fill out a FirstNet Deployable Request form for an incident to ensure all operational requirements are clearly detailed. Requests can be submitted via email to the AT&T FirstNet Help Desk(link sends e-mail) and by calling FirstNet Customer Service at 1800-574-7000. Be prepared and have your FirstNet Agency Number (FAN) on hand. For more tips, read our deployable factsheet. 2. Incorporate FirstNet in your agency’s SOPs For example, fire teams can outline the process for requesting a FirstNet deployable asset and other FirstNet support in advance of an incident to prevent communication delays during a fire. Here at the FirstNet Authority, we work together with public safety across the country to help them get the most benefit from their network. Fire agencies and personnel can take advantage of a series of opportunities offered by the FirstNet Authority to engage with us prior to wildland fire incidents to ensure teams are adequately supported. Contact your FirstNet Authority Public Safety Advisor to learn more. 3. Pre-configure, update, and maintain devices Whenever possible, public safety users are encouraged to pre-configure, update, and maintain devices prior to incidents to avoid challenges experienced on the fire scene. When firefighters enter austere or rural areas, devices can be difficult to remedy in a fast-paced inci-

dent response environment. Keeping devices updated can help you leverage area hotspots for data connectivity to applications, situational awareness tools, video conferencing, and printing. 4. Consider hotspots and train your team on using your cache of FirstNet devices, applications in advance Agencies also told us FirstNet data solutions, such as hotspots, were important to operations. In addition to routine operations, hot spots have been used to support virtual briefings for command staff from remote locations and to enable medical updates from spike camps. FirstNet subscribers have access to a list of applications dedicated to public safety in the FirstNet App Catalog. If you download and/or purchase applications to meet your team’s specific needs, plan to integrate them in your cache of FirstNet devices prior to an incident to prevent potential tech related delays during a fire. Pre-incident preparedness should also include a staff training on the applications selected for use. Also, teams should make sure all applications are updated. 5. Know when and how to rely on FirstNet Central to extend priority access to supporting entities or gain situational awareness on network status It’s important to know how to access FirstNet Central, a centralized dashboard for FirstNet customers to manage their dedicated FirstNet services. This portal provides important tools for situational awareness and operations. Your access to FirstNet Central is provided by your agency. When an agency is assigned a FirstNet Account Number, an agency employee is also identified as an administrator for the account. A FirstNet user who has been provided with access to FirstNet Central by his or her agency administrator can then go into the portal and access tools, such as the Network Status Tool, which allows users to view current network outages and to set alerts for notification of unplanned network outages. For wildfire response, knowing where communications might be a challenge in the incident area ahead of time can provide the additional situational awareness. FirstNet Central also provides tools for local control. During a wildfire, communications between first responders and Extended Primary partners, like utilities or public works, is critical. To learn more about this, the FirstNet Uplift Request Tool, check out the video. We are here to support you. – Billy Freeman; Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority


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North Massapequa 50 Year Members Members of the North Massapequa Fire Department proudly celebrated three of their distinguished members at their recent annual installation dinner. “ExChief and North Massapequa Fire District Commissioner Frank A. Nocerino, exCaptain and past Fire District Commissioner George O’Brien and exCaptain Gary Pysock, all have reached the amazing milestone of five decades in the fire service,” Chief of Department James M. Maroldo said. “Their legacy of protecting the lives and property of their neighbors is something truly extraordinary.” “We are particularly fortunate to have the service of these three outstanding members of our department,” said Maroldo. “The success of any agency is contingent upon the dedication of exemplary volunteers like them. The sacrifices they have made is greatly appreciated and

highly respected and I wish them all the best in the future.” Pictured: Chief of Department James M. Maroldo (left) congratulates Ex-Captain Gary Pysock (second from left), ex-Captain George O’Brien (second from right) and ex-Chief and Current Commissioner Frank A. Nocerino (right) for 50 years of service. - Fire News photo by Paparazzi Entertainment

2021 SAYVILLE FORD HOLDS ANNUAL MUSTANG SHOW BENEFITTING LOCAL MAKE-A-WISH On September 19, 2021, Sayville Ford hosted their annual Mustang Show with all proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, last year’s event transitioned to a Drive-Thru format which was streamed live on Facebook. The event, once again, returned in person and was a huge success with hundreds of people in attendance featuring over 160 vehicle exhibitors and many vendors including Roush, Mustang Magic, and Real Speed among others. In total $3,700 was raised for the MakeA-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County.

When asked about the event and helping Make-A-Wish, Sayville Ford Vice President, Cliff Korade said, “After everything that’s happened over the past year, it was so rewarding to see everyone come out in support of a great cause and try to get back to a little bit of normalcy.” Sayville Ford is a family owned and operated car dealership located in Sayville and have been serving the South Shore of Long Island for over 60 years. Sayville Ford has also been recognized as DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year each year from 2018 to 2020.


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Malverne Centennial Float Parade

On October 3, 2021, the the Malverne Centennial Float Parade was held along Hempstead Avenue. - Fire News photos by Steve Takacs


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MOTLEY CREWS OF THE MONTH

Members from the Sound Beach, Southold, Greenport, East Marion and Orient fire departments get together at the 2021 Tunnel to Towers run. The photo was taken at the “Ten House” on Liberty Street. - Fire News photo by Marc Francois

Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp supporting their 9/11 Run. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Massapequa FD crew at car fire on September 17, 2021. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy, MFD

Massapequa Fire Department members at the Annual Massapequa Fair. - Fire News photo by Steve Takacs

North Sea Fire Department’s Fire Police Unit. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Selden Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Jim Dunn


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Shining a Light for Gabby On September 24, 2021, members of the Wantagh Fire Department joined several communities across Long Island, including Bayport-Blue Point, in “Shining a Light for Gabby” in memory of Gabby Petito and to show our support for her family. Sadly, Gabby’s body was discovered in Wyoming, weeks after she was reported missing. May she rest in Peace. - Fire News photos by Mike Fratello; story by Kevin Regan, PIO


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Wantagh Olympian Welcomed Home

On August 10, 2021, Wantagh Fire Department Engine 5 and Rescue 5 were on hand to greet Wantagh-raised Olympic Silver Medalist Andrew Capobianco at a surprise welcome home party at a neighbor’s house. Joan Spivak, a longtime friend of the Capobianco family and host of the party, asked if the fire department could be present to greet Andrew and his family when he arrived and members gladly agreed. Shortly after Andrew arrived, a childhood friend, Shannon Dugan, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem while standing in front of an American Flag. Andrew was surrounded by family and friends and the lawn was adorned by signs which read: “Welcome Home Andrew Our Olympic Champion.” The Wantagh Fire Department congratulates Andrew on his Olympic victory and is proud to say "Welcome Home." - Fire News photos and story by Kevin Regan, PIO


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Cherry Grove Unveils Its New Fire Engine The Cherry Grove Fire Department held a dedication ceremony and wetdown on September 25, 2021, at their headquarters for their new Engine, 526-1, which was put into service earlier this year. Engine 526-1 was dedicated in honor of Cherry Grove’s longtime ex-Chief and pioneer for women in the fire service, Lyn Hutton. Hutton was on hand to celebrate, as well as members of the community and firefighters from near and far. Chief Hutton, a New York native, has been a Cherry Grove resident since 1972. She joined the Fire Department in 1976, one of only a handful of women in the fire service at that time. Quickly rising to Assistant Chief, she became the Department’s first female Chief in 1980, a position she held until 1994. She is also is believed to be the first female fire chief in New York State. She remained a Training Officer for the CGFD until her recent retirement. She was the first of three women Fire Chiefs in Cherry Grove history. Cherry Grove is unique within the United States Fire Service for having one of the highest percentages of active female firefighters (50 percent). Cherry Grove partnered with Neville Apparatus of New Hyde Park to custom fabricate their new Engine 526-1, a unique engine capable of traversing the unique infrastructure of the narrow boardwalks in Cherry

Grove where there are no paved roads. CGFD talso dedicated its new Duryea Substation, on land generously donated by longtime CGFD member Louis Keith Nelson, and funded, in part, in memory of Cherry Grove residents Jack Ebert and Jerry Girardi. - Fire News photos by Susan Kravitz


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New Wyandanch Truck Dedicated to James Brown On October 2, 2021, the Wyandanch Fire Company held a dedication ceremony and wetdown for their new Pierce Quint 1-10-4. The truck was dedicated to 57-year member ex-Chief James “Bone-z” Brown who passed away in June 2020. Ex-Chief Brown was a Vietnam veteran who served in the United States Army’s 9th Infantry Division. After several speakers told stories about ex-Chief Brown, his brother TC, who is the company’s Chaplain, blessed the truck. After the blessing, ex-Chief Jason Brown, James’s son, christened the truck with a bottle of champagne. Other members and a family member also christened the truck with a six pack of ex-Chief Browns favorite beer, PBR. The truck was then wetdown by Engines 1-10-1, 1-10-2, 1-10-3, North Babylon Ladder 1-8-6 and Dix Hills Quint 2-8-8. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza


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New Hyde Park’s Tassiello Celebrates 50 Years

On the afternoon of October 3, 2021, a celebration was held for New Hyde Park ex-Chief John Tassiello of Enterprise Engine Company 1 who recently achieved 50 years of service. In attendance at the event were John’s family and friends, members of the New Hyde Park Fire Department and surrounding fire departments, and various dignitaries. Several presentations were made to John on behalf

of the many fire service organizations he is a part of, his company, and the New Hyde Park Chiefs office. New Hyde Park ex-Chief John Pignetti, who himself has 49 years of service and is a close friend of Tasseillo, was the Master of Ceremonies. - Fire News photos by K2MPhotography.com

Hempstead Annual Car Wash

Happy 91st Birthday to Bill Giatras Bill Giatras of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department celebrated his 91st birthday on duty at a Signal 13 on post as Fire Police. Happy Birthday, Bill! - Fire News photo by Edward Bienz

Members of the Hempstead Fire Department’s Truck One, including Village Mayor Hobbs, assembled at fire headquarters on Clinton Street on September 26, 2021, for their Annual Fundraiser/Car Wash. - Fire News photo by FirstOnScenePhotos.com


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Deer Park Honors Their Own

On September 25, 2021, the Deer Park Fire District paid honor to a Fire Commissioner and ex-Chief, an outgoing Chief, an ex-Chief and 60-year member and the District EMS. The Chairman of the board, Commissioner and ex-Chief Thomas J. Richardson, along with the other commissioners, honored one of their own, Commissioner and ex-Chief Anthony Macaluso, for his 30 years of service on the Board of Fire Commissioners. The district and the members also honored outgoing Chief Steve Jacob for his service as Chief of the Department. The District EMS were thanked by the commissioners for their service during the ongoing Covid pandemic. The commissioners, state, county and town officials and the Deer Park Fire Department members honored 60-year member and ex-Chief Frank Pfister for his service to the department and the Deer Park community. - Fire News photos by BTFirePhoto


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Obituary

Port Jefferson’s Hugh C. Campbell

It is with deep regret that the Port Jefferson Fire Department announces that ex-Chief and ex-Captain of Hook and Ladder 1 — and 73-year member — Hugh C. Cambell has answered his last alarm. Ex-Chief Cambell joined the Department after serving in WWII and was monumental in transforming the Port Jefferson Fire Department into an aggressive interior-attack department. His leadership and trainings have stood the test of time as he was looked up to by all members. Thank you, Chief, we’ll take it from here. - Fire News photos by Dennis Whittam


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Wantagh’s Stephen Minogue

The Chiefs, Board of Fire Commissioners, Officers and Members of the Wantagh Fire Department regret to announce the untimely passing of ex-Captain Stephen Minogue of Engine 692. Steve was a 46-year member of the Wantagh Fire Department, following in the footsteps of his father, ex-Chief Michael Minogue by joining the department on December 30, 1974. He was given Badge 1119 and was assigned to Engine 2 out of Station 2. In 1978 he was elected Lieutenant and served for two years in that position before being elected Captain. He served as Captain for three years, from May 1980 through April 1983 and was appointed Captain again for two more years in 2008. In addition, he served as President of Company 2 for two terms, from 2000-2002 and again from 2013-2015. In 1984 Steve became a member of the Department’s prestigious Training Committee, a position he held for nearly 40 years. He served as Chairman of the Committee for 14 years and was responsible for overseeing the formation and mentoring of new members as well ongoing training of current members of the department. His knowledge and experience were critical in maintaining the high standards of excellence and commitment that are part of the Wantagh Fire Department as various national, state and local policies and procedures changed. Ex-Captain Minogue was awarded a Medal of Valor and a Unit Citation in 1989 for operating at the scene of an overturned propane tanker on fire in Seaford, with high risk of injury to himself and other

personnel. In addition, he received two other Unit Citations for operating at various incidents as well as a Chief’s Award for his many years of service to the Training Committee and in 2016 Steve was presented with a Firematic Service Award by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. In addition to his commitment to the Wantagh Fire Department, Steve was an active parishioner at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Levittown where he coached CYO basketball for many years. Steve worked for LILCO, Keyspan and National Grid for 42 years before retiring in June as a Manager of Gas Operations. He planned to spend more time at his second home upstate in Saratoga. He was a NY Giants season ticket holder and attended many games with family and friends. Steve is survived by his wife Kristine, son Connor and daughter Courtney and siblings Michael, Corrine Yakush (William), Christopher (Karen), Timothy (Katherine), and Matthew (Susanne). He had 11 nieces and nephews and he was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Elaine. Firematic services were held on August 26, 2021, at the Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Joseph Noh on August 27, 2021, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Levittown with burial immediately after at the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Old Westbury. - Fire News photos by Harry Loud; story by Kevin Regan, PIO


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Obituary

East Quogue’s Thomas H. Mendenhall

Thomas H. Mendenhall, age 76, of East Quogue, passed away on August 23, 2021, from complications from Covid-19. Thomas joined the East Quogue Fire Department in 1965 and served the department in a variety of positions including Chief, Fire Police Captain, Treasurer and Chaplain. He was recognized as a 55-year member and Fireman of the Year. He was also the Chaplain for the Fire Chiefs Council of Suffolk County. A Firematic service was conducted at the Scott-Rothwell Funeral Home in Hampton Bays officiated by East Quogue Chief Ted

Jankowski along with Chaplain Joseph McCarthy of the NYS Association of Fire Chaplains. Bellport Fire Department Chaplain Frank Trotta made a presentation to Mrs. Mendenhall on behalf of the association. Thomas leaves behind his wife Margaret (Peggy) Mendenhall, soulmates since 1997, in addition to four daughters, a stepson and step daughter and five wonderful grandchildren. Rest easy, Thomas. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone, story by Chaplain Frank Trotta




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