Fire News Long Island, July 2022

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In this issue... Levittown House Fire An exterior fire extends to the second floor ...and then an oil tank lets go.

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So. Farmingdale Camper Fire Extends to House Crews arrive to a heavily involved camper that goes to two alarms.

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Jitney Bus Fully Involved Hauppauge firefighters handle a bus fire on the LIE.

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A Westbury Wake Up A vehicle crosses a lawn, crashes through a front door and bedroom and out of the house.

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Greenport Holds AS/MCI Drill Greenport FD hosts an active shooter drill that, by all accounts, is a success. See story on page 40

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Are You Ready for Something That Can’t Happen? An AS/MCI (active shooter/mass casualty incident) drill was held at Greenport (NY) High School on June 4, 2022. The drill had been scheduled months prior, but somewhat eerily took place 11 days after the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting in which 19 elementary school students and two teachers were slaughtered. The proximity to that latest AS/MCI is what has prompted this editorial. The drill involved the Southold Police, Suffolk Police, North Fork fire departments and EMS services from Jamesport to Orient, and even several South Fork departments, along with moulaged teenage actors to play victims. By all reports the exercise was a success. But what makes a successful AS/MCI drill? According to FEMA’s 2013 white paper, Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department Operational Considerations and Guide for Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents, there are several things that responding agencies need to incorporate into a specific SOP for such an event. Why formalize reacting to an AS/MCI if your department already has an MCI plan in place? Because the “AS” part of the exercise makes it, nearly, an entirely different animal. Some particular areas of focus, become apparent with little thought and are proved out — or have problems made obvious — by an AS/MCI

drill. Some key facets are communication between the parties, including ensuring all parties are not only able to communicate with each other, but use the same terminologies when doing so. This is unlikely to be a problem between FDs and EMS, but it may become a problem when communicating with law enforcement (LE) who, in most instances, will be first on the scene. Other areas of concern will become apparent in frequent drills involving all the aforementioned agencies, as well as local hospitals and trauma units. There needs to be a single Incident Command Post for fire, EMS and LE. The goal of any and all SOPs is to plan, prepare and respond in a manner that will save the maximum number of lives possible. Although in their careers most first responders have encountered some horrific scenarios, the results of a mass shooting of unarmed people — seemingly more often than not children with obviously terminal wounds — will undoubtedly be something first responders will never forget. Many of the first responders will be long-term casualties of this ongoing slaughter, even if they never spilled a drop of their own blood. As psychology researcher Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D. of the University of Central Florida, who has studied the impact these slaughters have on first

responders, put it, “There are just some events that are so horrific that no human being should be able to just process that and put it away.” Add after-action reports and treatments to the long list of things an AS/MCI SOP demands. A last note … “It’ll never happen here” too often becomes, “Oh my God, how did this happen?” Be prepared for the thing that’ll never happen. And the only way to do so is to train for it. - Gary P. Joyce Managing Editor Gary P. Joyce is filling in for Editor Dennis Whittam this month. Joyce is a decorated three-tour Viet Nam combat veteran.

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Cover Story

LODD: Hauppauge’s, USAR’s Ex-Chief Stephen A. Feron

Stephen A. Feron, an ex-Chief with the Hauppauge Fire Department, died in June 11, 2022, during a training exercise with the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Team. He was 49. Ferron was attending a training program on the use of personal watercraft (PWC) in rescue operations at Smiths Point County Park. Steve was on land side while a boat and the PWC were in the water. He entered the water and, after several attempts to clear the breaking waves, decided he would return to land to try again later. Shortly after resting he suffered a medical event. Immediate life saving measures were administered by other USAR members and life guards followed by EMS. Steve was transported to the hospital with vital signs but unfortunately succumbed later on. Feron was a second-generation Chief of Department in Hauppauge, serving from 2018 until 2019. His father, Stephen B. Feron, served as Chief of Department from 1985 through 1988. Feron was waked at Moloney’s Hauppauge Funeral Home, had Mass at St. Thomas More RC Church and was interred at St. Charles Cemetery on June 18. Feron is survived by his wife Kelly, son Stephen, and daughter Ana. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Firefighters Cancer Support Network-NY, and or the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund Inc., P.O. Box 352, Ronkonkoma, New York 11779. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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Good Stop in Deer Park

On May 17, 2022, at 1437, the Deer Park Fire Department was toned out for a residential house fire on Sammis Avenue. Babylon Central received information that a child had called saying the house was on fire. Deer Park Safety Officer Tom Donnelly confirmed the fire and had Babylon Central Fire Alarm re-tone a working fire. Engine 1-4-11 picked up a hydrant and made a quick push with heavy fire rolling out the front window. Firefighters knocked down the main body of fire and then pulled the ceiling and knocked the fire in the attic. Assisting were North Babylon, West Islip, Wyandanch and Dix Hills. - Fire News photos by BTFirePhoto

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Roslyn Heights House Fire Late on May 21, 2022, the Roslyn Fire companies, along with mutual aid units, operated on a fire on Elm Street in Roslyn Heights. The fire was located on the first floor of a two-story private dwelling that appeared to be vacant and undergoing renovations. Firefighters put one handline into operation and had the main body of fire quickly knocked down before it could extend. The cause of the fire was unknown and under investigation. - Fire News photo by

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Levittown House Fire On May 11, 2022. the Levittown Fire Department responded to the vicinity of Old Farm Road for reports of a house fire. Upon arrival, 6200 stated he had an exterior fire that made its way to the second floor. Shortly after, he reported that an oil tank on the 2 side of the house blew. Three lines were stretched and put into operation. Mutual aid was provided by the Wantagh, and East Meadow. All units operated under the command of Chief of Department Mike Herold. - Fire News photos by TNT Photography, Joseph C. Sperber, and Paul Mazza

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Lindenhurst Fire Guts Home

On June 12, 2022 the Lindenhurst Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on South Strongs Avenue. Upon arrival, commanding units were met with heavy smoke showing from the home, and re-toned for a working fire. Mutual-aid was brought in from Copiague, North Lindenhurst and West Babylon.

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Crews put multiple attack lines into operation, and worked for approximately 35 minutes before the alarm was placed under control. The fire gutted the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation by officials. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

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Riverside Vacant House Fire

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to a structure fire last Flanders ambulance was on scene in case of any injuries. The scene night at 2155 on June 8, 2022, on Flanders Road. The first arriving was turned over to Southampton Fire Marshals and Southampton chiefs found a fully involved house. An engine was requested from detectives about an hour later. - Fire News photos courtesy of Ex-Chief Nick Luparella, RFD Flanders and an engine from Jamesport for standby at Riverhead.

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Massapequa House Fire, But Nobody Home

On May 9, 2022, the Massapequa Fire Department responded to a mand. As no one was home at the time the fire started, Nassau house fire on Croyden Drive in Massapequa. Engine 6314 stretched County Fire Marshals arrived to find the cause of the fire. two lines. Chief of Department Monjardo arrived and took com- Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy, PIO

Early Morning Fire in Oceanside

In the early morning of May 14, 2022, the Oceanside Fire Department operated at the scene of a fire on Windsor Place off Rockaway Avenue. Rockville Centre was designated the FAST and responded to the scene with Ladder 447. The main body of fire was located around the attached garage of a two-story private dwelling with extension into the residence. Firefighters put at least one line

into operation, and had the fire knocked down before it could extend. Despite heavy clutter conditions that hindered operations and searches, all occupants made it safely out of the residence. The cause of the fire was under investigation and all fire department units were under the command of Oceanside Chief of Department Caroccia. - Fire News photo by

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Quick Knockdown in Baldwin On the afternoon of April 14, 2022, the Baldwin Fire Department was called to a house fire on Jefferson Street. Firefighters were met with fire in a bedroom of a private dwelling with heavy clutter conditions. One handline was stretched and put into operation to quickly knock down the fire. No injuries were reported. - Fire News photo by AJDPhotoG

Good Stop in Massapequa The Massapequa Fire Department was called to a house fire on Carlton Drive on the afternoon of April 24, 2022. Chief of Department Monjardo arrived to smoke showing from a 1-1/2 story home. Engine 6314 stretched one line to quickly knock down the fire, which was partially extinguished prior to fire department arrival. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and one resident was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The Amityville Fire Department was requested for a FAST. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Bowling Alley Fire

On April 26, 2022, the Garden City Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a dryer fire at Herrill Lanes on Herricks Road. Chief of Department Sarracco arrived to smoke showing from the side door of the building. New Hyde Park Dual Response Engine 171 and Garden City Park Ladder 151 arrived and located and extinguished the fire which was contained to a dryer. The scene was placed under control in approximately 30 minutes. - Fire News photo by

Carle Place Basement Fire Extends

The Carle Place Fire Department, along with mutual aid companies, operated at the scene of a working fire on Winnie Court on the night of April 7, 2022. The fire was in the basement of a two-story private dwelling with extension to the floors above. Firefighters put at least two handlines into operation. Garden City, Westbury and Mineola were among the departments called for mutual aid. All occupants made it safely out of the residence and the cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by

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South Farmingdale Camper Fire Spreads

In the early afternoon hours of May 6, 2022, the South Farmingdale Fire Department responded to Midwood Avenue for a reported house fire. Due to a significant smoke column from blocks away, 9701 transmitted a working fire. Crews arrived to heavy fire from a camper that quickly spread to a 2-1/2 story private dwelling. Due to the volume of fire, 9701 transmitted a second alarm. Engine 971 stretched on the camper, and Engine 921 stretched to the interior of the house. Engine

905 stretched to protect the exposure of the second house, shortly after they found fire traveled into the attic. Ladder 978 and Bethpage L3 conducted searches throughout and overhauled the dwelling. Mutual aid came from Farmingdale, Bethpage, North Massapequa, Massapequa and Amityville. All units operated under the command of Chief of Department Chris Klein. - Fire News photos by TNT Photography, Paul Mazza and Bryan Lopez

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West Hempstead House Fire

Heavy Fire on Arrival in Baldwin

The West Hempstead Fire Department along with mutual aid companies operated at the scene of a multiple-alarm house fire on Sycamore Street off Hempstead Turnpike in the early morning hours of March 1, 2022. Firefighters put at least four handlines into operation for heavy fire on all floors of a large, 2-1/2 story private dwelling. The scene was placed under control approximately 90 minutes into the operation and the cause of the fire was under investigation. All fire department units were under the command of West Hempstead Chief of Department Andrew Brohm. - Fire News photo by

The Baldwin Fire Department transmitted a working fire on March 30, 2022, at a two-story split-level home on Elizabeth Street. The home was engulfed in heavy fire on arrival. Mutual aid companies also responded. - Fire News photo by

Freeport Basement Fire The Freeport Fire Department responded to the report of smoke in the basement of a home on Wilson Place on May 22, 2022. Units found a small fire in the basement but needed to check for extension throughout the home. Baldwin firefighters were also alerted as an extra truck company. - Fire News photos by and

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Holbrook Residential Fire

On May 30, 2022, the Holbrook Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on Skylark Drive. Commanding units were met with fire showing from the roof of the home. Mutual aid came from Holtsville, North Patchogue and Lakeland. The fire was quickly knocked down by first-due crews without incident, and no injuries were reported. Command requested a fire marshal to the scene for an investigation. - Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez and Jack McNamara

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Jitney Bus Fully Involved

The Hauppauge Fire Department and Suffolk Police Highway Patrol responded to a Hampton Jitney tour bus that was fully involved on the eastbound Long Island Expressway just east of exit 56-Wheeler Road on May 24, 2022, at 1145. The driver was able to escape without injury. Eastbound lanes were closed for over an hour while firefighters extinguished the blaze. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Joseph Sperber

Islip Multi-Family Blaze The Islip Fire Department was alerted to a report of a residential structure fire on Ard Street off Ohio Avenue. Chief of Department Schroeder confirmed an active second floor fire extending into the attic of a two-story, high ranch, multi-family dwelling. Islip crews quickly made entry, stretching two attack lines and conducted rapid searches which all proved negative. The crews were met with heavy fire conditions on the second floor and in the attic of the home. Mutual aid came from Bay Shore, East Islip, Islip Terrace and the Exchange Ambulance of the Islips. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department's Arson Squad and Town of Islip Fire Marshal’s Office. The Red Cross was assisting the displaced. - Fire News photo by Rich Stark, FC-49

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HazMat Response to Truck Fire On May 18, 2022, the Massapequa Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Club Drive in Massapequa. Assistant Chief Friedland reported a fully involved van. Engine 6311 stretched one line, and Ladder 632 also responded. Because the van belonged to a swimming pool maintenance company and had been carrying pool chemicals Nassau County Fire Marshal's HazMat Team responded to the scene. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy, PIO

Dix Hills House Fire The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to a house fire on Westminster Avenue in Dix Hills at 131 on May 13, 2022. Upon arrival, fire was discovered in the attic area of an occupied home. The occupants and pets were able to evacuate without injury. Mutual aid came from Deer Park and Commack. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

South Farmingdale Kitchen Fire On March 5, 2022, at approximately 1405, the South Farmingdale Fire Department was alerted for a kitchen fire on Meadow Court, along with a dual-response engine from the village. Upon 9703’s arrival, he was met with a significant smoke condition. Engine 971 stretched on the dwelling, and Engine 923 assisted the crew of 971. With one line in operation, most of the fire was contained to the oven, with minor extension. The engine company extinguished the fire, while the truck company opened up the surrounding area. All units operated under Chief of Department Chris Klein. - Fire News photo by TNT Photography

Car Fire in Copiague The Copiague Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Shore Drive South at 2303 on May 7, 2022. First Assistant Chief Miller was told calls were being taken for a car fire next to a house on Warwick Avenue. Engine 1-3-9 arrived to find a mid-size SUV fully involved in the driveway which then extended to the exterior of the house. Engine crews stretched and operated two lines and used foam due to the gas tank rupturing and burning gasoline going into the street. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Fatality at Baldwin DWI 2-Car

On May 2, 2022, Nassau County Police and EMS units were on the driving while intoxicated. The driver on the second vehicle was proscene of a two-vehicle crash on Grand Avenue in Baldwin. A police nounced dead at the scene. investigation determined that the driver of one of the vehicles was - Fire News photo by

Pizzeria Fire in Hauppauge

The Smithtown Fire Department responded to a fire on the roof at Branchinellis Pizza on Route 111 in Hauppauge on May 24, 2022, at 1940. Upon arrival, a fire was discovered on the roofs Q decking which was extending to the cockloft and ceiling of the restaurant and a strip of stores. After exposing the area affected, the fire was quickly extinguished. Mutual aid came from Hauppauge and Saint James. The occupied stores were evacuated and no injuries were reported. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

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Looking Back

Ronkonkoma - 2018 In the early morning of September 4, 2018, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a reported residential structure fire on Dorchester Road. Upon arrival, Chief Tim Blewett was met with heavy fire showing from all floors of the home, and transmitted a working fire. Mutual-aid was brought in from Farmingville, Nesconset, Lakeland, Centereach, Holbrook and Saint James. Operations were kept exterior due to conditions. One occupant was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for burns. Crews worked for over an hour before the blaze was declared under control. The fast-moving fire completely gutted the home. Command requested a fire marshal and arson squad to the scene for an investigation. - Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez

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Massapequa Car Fire

On May 21, 2022, Engine 5 and Ladder 2 of the Massapequa Fire Department responded to a car fire on Clark Avenue at Atlantic Avenue. First on scene was Assistant Chief Zimmerman who found a fully involved engine compartment fire that was quickly spreading to the interior of the vehicle. One line was stretched and put into operation. - Fire News photo by Ed Tuffy, PIO

Williston Park Garage Fire

On May 17, 2022, the Williston Park Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an unknown type fire on Lehigh Street. While en route, units were advised of an additional call for a garage fire. Williston Park 1st Assistant Chief Chester and Chief of Department Duggan quickly arrived to find an active contents fire in the garage. Engine 861 stretched a line to quickly extinguish the fire. - Fire News photo by

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Brightwaters House Fire At approximately 1020 on June 6, 2022, the Bay Shore Fire Department was notified of a residential structure fire on Richland Boulevard in the Village of Brightwaters. Second Assistant Chief Tom Komaroski arrived on scene shortly after activation and was met with fire visible from the attached garage and smoke throughout the house. The fire was contained to the first floor with heavy damage to the 1/2 corner. Otherwise there was no fire damage to the rest of the structure. There was, however, heavy smoke and heat damage. Two handlines were put to use. West Islip, Islip, East Islip, Brentwood and Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance also responded. - Fire News story by Rich Stark (FC49); photos by Rich Stark and Paul Miller (FC61)

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First of the Season for Bellport’s Hovercraft On May 29, 2022, at 1819, the Bellport Fire Department responded to a water rescue on the west side of John Boyle Island in the Great South Bay. The SCPD Marine unit could not get close enough to a boat that grounded on a sand bar and called for Bellport’s Unit 5-1-27 hovercraft for assistance, with BFD 5-1-26 as backup. BFD 5-1-27 safely transfered two passengers to SCPD Marine Unit. No injuries were reported. It was the first run of the season for the hovercraft. Boating season has begun, please stay safe and travel in marked channels. - Fire News photos by John Mehrkens

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MVA on Hempstead Turpike West Hempstead fire units and Nassau County ESU personnel were on the scene after a vehicle lost control and slammed into a store front on Hempstead Turnpike on April 19, 2022. There were no serious injuries. - Fire News photo by

Fatality at SSP MVA In the early morning of May 22, 2022, the Wantagh Fire Department, along with various police department resources, operated on the scene of a single-vehicle accident involving a car versus tree with overturn. The incident was located on the eastbound side of Southern State Parkway just east of the Wantagh State Parkway. The driver of the vehicle, the only occupant, did not survive the accident. The cause of the crash was under investigation. - Fire News photo by

A Helluva’ Way to Wake Up The Westbury Fire Department and Nassau County Police responded to an MVA on Cypress Lane East about 0055 on May 12, 2022. The driver of a pickup crossed a grassy median and lawn of a home before crashing through the front of the house. The truck drove through the front door area, then a bedroom, where a 13-year-old was sleeping, narrowly missing the bed. The truck continued out the side of the house and through a fence before stopping. The driver fled from the scene and was arrested a short time later. The driver was later charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle without a license and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Fatality on the WSP In the early morning hours of May 7, 2022, the Wantagh Fire Department along with NCPD ESU Responded to the Wantagh State Parkway for a car versus tree MVA with reported entrapment. Units arrived to a single-vehicle MVA into a tree. Units cut open the driver’s door, and medics pronounced the driver at the scene. The cause of the accident was undetermined. - Fire News photo by TNT Photography

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Mineola MVA

On May 12, 2022, the Mineola Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an MVA with overturn into a pole on Roslyn Road and Washington Avenue. Second Assistant Chief Strauss was quickly on scene along with Rescue 1610 and confirmed an overturned vehicle with a severed pole and minor damage to a building. The occupant was able to self-extricate prior to fire department arrival and was treated by Mineola VAC. All units were released from the scene in approximately 30 minutes. - Fire News photos by and

Farmingdale Overturn MVA

On the night of June 11, 2022 the Farmingdale Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident with overturn at the intersection of Secatogue Avenue & Melville Road. Crews secured the

involved vehicle, and attended to fluids in the roadway. All injuries were minor. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

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AS/MCI in Greenport On June 4, the Greenport Fire Department hosted a multi-agency Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident (AS/MCI) on the grounds of the Greenport High School campus on Long Island's North Fork. The drill encompassed some 24 agencies from the North Fork from Jamesport, east to Orient, as well as several South Fork departments. The exercise was as complete as possible with students and various youth organizations and clubs playing the victims of the shooting that took place during a “pep rally” held at the bleachers of the football field, including wounded and dead students in moulage (the art of applying mock but realistic looking injuries for the purpose of training emergency response teams), chaplains who gave last rites to mortally wounded “victims,” medics, firefighters, police, reporters, drones and more. - Fire News photos by John Neely

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Blazing Out of Control on Arrival in Sea Cliff Sea Cliff firefighters responded to a raging house fire that burned out of control for nearly two hours on May 31, 2022. The blaze broke out at the large 21/2 story home on 9th Avenue near Summit Avenue around 1100. Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles as flames engulfed the upper floors of the house. Numerous surrounding departments were called to the scene due to the extent of the fire and the intense weather conditions. County Fire Marshals and OEM representatives were also called to the incident. - Fire News photos by

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Islip’s Don McKenna Honored 50 Years of Service The Islip Fire Department recently held a celebration in honor of Honorary Chief Don McKenna’s 50 years of dedicated service to the community and Islip Fire Department. Don joined the department on February 21, 1972, and he remains an active member. Don has always gone above and beyond including serving as Captain of Engine Company 1, and twice as Captain of the Fire Police Company. Don has also been an avid member of the Islip FD Band, and a member of the Wolves Drill Team. One of Don’s most notable accomplishments was that he was integral in restarting our Juniors program and served as a director of the Juniors from 1986-2007. Many of the juniors that he helped mentor have gone on to become members and officers of the Islip Fire Department. Don joins the elite group of 16 others who have reached this major milestone of serving the community for over 50-years. Don received awards from elected officials, the department, Engine 1 and Fire Police 1. - Fire New photos provided

Freeport Fire Council Donates to Oceanside Terrace The Freeport Fire Council met on May 17, 2022, at Freeport Fire Headquarters. At the meeting Freeport Chief of Department Donnelly (on behalf of the Freeport Fire Department) presented the officers and members of Oceanside Terrace Hose Company 3 with a donation of $1500 towards their recently created #coopstrong foundation. The money for this donation came from the 50/50 proceeds from the Freeport Fire Department’s bowling tournament that was held on May 15. The #coopstrong foundation was created to assist Oceanside ex-Captain and current commissioner Michael Graham and his family while their five-month-old son Cooper battles an aggressive form of cancer. - Fire News photos by

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New Chiefs Elected for Locust Valley

On May 14, 2022, the Locust Valley Fire Department held its annual installation of officers and inspection of members dinner dance. Chief of Department Ralph L. Longo, 1st Assistant Chief Brian Nolan and 2nd Assistant Chief James J. Bonislawski were sworn in to their new positions. The chiefs were administered the oath by Vice-Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners and ex-Chief Ralph J. Longo, Jr., who is also the father of Chief Longo. Each chief was presented with his helmet. Also honored were ex-Chief Dana Converse who celebrated 50 years of service, and ex-Chief George Turner, Sr., who celebrated 75 years of service. Ex-Captain Glenn Harvey was honored for his 50 years of service in 2020. Assistant Chief Brian Nolan, Firefighter Brian Plumb and Firefighter Perry Holst were honored for 25 years of service. ExChief James Neumeyer was recognized for his service in the chiefs office and presented with his ex-Chief badge. - Fire News photos by Brian Nolan

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Westhampton Beach Awards

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department held its annual dinner at the Westhampton Country Club on June 3, 2022. Dan Pulick (center) was honored as the department’s Firefighter of the Year for 2021. Shown with Firefighter Pulick are (from the left) Third Assistant Chief Jeff Wachenfeld, Second Assistant Chief Larry Saccente, First Assistant Chief Darryl Schunk, and Chief Mauro DiBenedetto. Lieutenant Chris Winters was named Officer of the Year, and Tonya Schunk received the Chief Stephen Smith Award

for service to the department. Firefighter Paul Hoyle was named the top responder for 2021. Joining him in the top five responders list were Lieutenant Hermon ‘Bo’ Bishop, Tom Covino, Lieutenant Chris Winters, and John Neely. Firefighter Hoyle was also honored for his 50 years of service to the community as was Firefighter Wilmun ‘Bill’ Halsey. Firefighter Charlie Topping, also a 50-year member, was unable to attend. - Fire News photo courtesy of the Westhampton Beach FD

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Legislator Donnelly Recognizes Jack Miller with Lifetime Volunteer Award Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Deer Park), Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez and Councilman Terry McSweeney recently joined with the family, friends and colleagues of Jack Miller to surprise him with Lifetime Volunteer Awards. Held at the start of the May meeting of the Town of Babylon Fire Chiefs Association at the Lindenhurst Firemans Pavillion, Mr. Miller of Dix Hills was honored with the special awards for his dedication and commitment to community. A retired highly-decorated detective with the Suffolk County Police Department, Miller is also an active member and past Chief of the Wyandanch Fire Company. - Fire News photo provided

Councilwoman Bonner Honors Sound Beach Members at Annual Installation On April 30, 2022, Councilwoman Jane Bonner attended Sound Beach Fire Department’s annual installation dinner at East Wind Long Island in Wading River. Councilwoman Bonner recognized the company’s members for their service to the Sound Beach community and recognized the members of the year, members with year of service milestones and outgoing officers. Pictured (left to right): Firefighter of the Year, Brian McGrath; 35-Years Service Member William Rosaco; Department Chief, Darran Handshaw; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; EMT of the Year, Molly Searight; 30 Year Service Members Richard McKay and Edward Hudson. - Fire News photo provided

Scholarship Winners

The Officers of the Town of Babylon Volunteer Firefighter's Association presented scholarships to the following winners at the May 16, 2022, meeting held at the Wyandanch- Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corp. Pictured are Acting Secretary and past-President Robert Almond, Babylon FD, President Carl Formes of the West Babylon FD, VicePresident Joel Heilbrunn of the Wyandanch FC, Trustee and pastPresident Joseph Fraccalvieri of the Babylon FD, and Treasurer Lovetta Nixon, of the North Amityville FC. The 2021-2022 scholarship recipients are: Dylan Bradley, son of Christopher Bradley of Babylon FD (Not in the photo); Mikayla Sasuk, daughter of ex-Chief Michael Sasuk, Babylon FD; Gregory Herbst, grandson of Ex-Chief Anthony Davida Ashley Beck, granddaughter of Harry Stolberg of the North Lindenhurst FD; and Joseph DeGregorio, son of Chief DeGregorio of Lindenhurst FD. - Fire News photo by Vinny Ammirati

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Bellport 2022 Installation

The Bellport Fire Department celebrated their 129th installation dinner at the Bellport Country Club. Chief David Didio was sworn in along with 1st Assistant Chief Jason Crane and 2nd Assistant Chief Lance Macioce. Chief David Didio was sworn in by his brother-in-law and exChief of the Sayville Fire Department Vincent Fattarusso. Outgoing Chief Mike Zaffarano was recognized for his service and member awards were presented. - Fire News photos by Ron Montelone

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Varese Extrication Tournament

On May 13, 2022, the Northport Fire Department hosted the 15th annual Chuck Varese Extrication Tournament. The annual event is held in memory of Northport Firefighter Chuck Varese who was struck and killed by a drug impaired driver while riding his motorcycle in 2008. For the first time in the event’s history one round of the competition required members to work on an overturned automobile. In the other rounds teams had to remove a pair of doors and roll the dash, create a “third door” and for the final round remove all the doors and the roof. Northport Hook and Ladder Company 1 took first place, as well as fastest evolution time (three minutes and 17 seconds). Ridge and North Bellmore took second and third place respectively. - Fire News photos by and Joseph P. Sperber

Bohemia Honors 50 Year Members Bohemia Fire Department members who achieved 50 years of dedicated service to the department were given the privilege of riding in classic cars in the Memorial Day Parade. Honored were ex-Chief Robert Strauss and ex-Chief Bob Schafer, exChief Tom Riedel and Honorary Chief James Weigel. - Fire News photo by Sue Orlando, PIO, Bohemia FD

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Nassau EMS Council Awards

On May 21, 2022, the Nassau County Regional EMS Council presented its 2020-2021 awards. Among the many awards that were given out, Elizabeth Weisburd of the Port Washington Fire Department was named BLS Provider of the Year, Amanda Gross of the Wantagh Fire Department was named ALS Provider of the Year, the Farmingdale Fire Department was named EMS Agency of the Year and Stephen Lincke of the Wantagh Fire Department received the EMS Leadership Award. Also being recognized was the 50th anniversary of EMS being a part of Nassau County Fire and Police Departments. EMS in Nassau County was the work of Doctor Costas Lambrew, who was the driving force behind the start of the EMT/AMT training program and the creation of the medical communications system. Doctor Lambrew's wife and family members were on hand to celebrate all of his hard work. - Fire News photos by Ed Tuffy, PIO (Continued on next page)

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Lawrence-Cedarhurst Installation 2022

The 140th annual installation dinner of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department was held on May 12, 2022. The Master of Ceremonies was ex-Chief Michael Rizzo, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Frank Abrams, and Rabbi Kenneth Hain gave the invocation. Captain Justin Hoffman was awarded the Fireman of the Year and several members of the department were recognized for lengths of service ranging from 20 to 50 years. The company officers, department officers, commissioners, and chiefs were all officially installed into office. Leading the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department in the year ahead will be Chief of Department Thomas Foy, First Deputy Chief Michael Beilinson, and Second Deputy Chief Meyer Adler. Congratulations to those awarded and the best of luck to all those installed. - Fire News photos by

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Bellport Holds Open House

The Bellport Fire Department was proud to host an open house for kindergartners from Kreamer Elementary School. The kids always enjoy this day and so do the volunteers. - Fire News photos by Mike Pantano

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Farmingdale’s Memorial Day

On May 30, 2022, the Village of Farmingdale Fire Department held their Memorial Day Inspection/Parade. Before the parade, the department held their wreath placement ceremony for departed

members who served our country and passed away while doing so. These wreaths were placed in different places around the village. - Fire News photos by TNT Photography

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Freeport 2022 Installation The Freeport Fire Department held its 130th annual installation dinner on April 23, 2022 at the Huntington Hilton in Melville. Being installed as the departments chief for the ensuing year was Scott Donnelly from Hose Company 4. Installed as assistant chiefs were 1st Assistant Kevin Collica of Hose Company 3, 2nd Assistant Albeiro Gonzalez of Hose Company 2, and 3rd Assistant Anthony Sotira of Engine Company 1. This was the first installation dinner since 2019 due to Covid. The past three outgoing chiefs were finally able to be honored for their service. They are 20192020 Chief Thomas Johnson, 2020-2021 Chief Scott Braun and 2021-2022 Chief Joseph Soteria. Also honored for 50 years of service were ex-Chief Stanley Kistela, ex-Chief Robert Notheis, Honorary Chief Thomas Raynor, ex-Chief Timothy Seaman and Honorary Chief Anthony Sparaco. - Fire News photos by Joseph C. Sperber

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Elmont 2022 Installation

The Elmont Fire Department held its 94th annual installation dinner and dance on April 30, 2022. The evening, which began with presentation of colors by the Department Color Guard and the invocation by Father Kevin Smith, had Elmont Fire Commissioner Andrew Bohnet as the Master of Ceremonies. The department’s administrative officers, line officers, chiefs, ladies auxiliary members and the president of Junior Post 709 were all officially installed into office. Ex-Chief Ronald Conti was recognized for his time spent in the Chiefs Office, and Elmont Engine Company No. 1 was honored for a century of service to the community. Various members of the department were awarded for their milestone years of service. Most notable was Honorary Chief Raymond Ross of Engine Company 2 and ex-Chief James Snadecky of Engine Company 3 — each with 50 years of service. Leading the Elmont Fire Department in the year ahead will be Chief of Department Michael Santina along with Assistant Chiefs Segovia, Lucas and Dubas. Congratulations to those awarded and good luck to those installed into office. - Fire News photos by (Continued on next page)

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On May 21, 2022, Suffolk REMSCO honored responders who were involved with CPR saves. Congratulations to the following departments and responders: Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance & Suffolk County Police Date of Alarm: April 17, 2021. Hector Vasquez, Steven Fishman, Ben Reitzel, Joseph DelGiorno, Leslie Velasco, Haydee Castillo, PO Rober Cafiero, PO Richard Senese, PO Daniel Monahan, PO Frank Gigante and PO Steve D’Amico. Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance & Suffolk County Police Date of Alarm - February 7, 2022. Dwayne McKinnon, Emily Bender, Allison DeQuatro, Kevin Kavitt, Shaina Koch, Wilhelmia Gonzalez, Jade Greco, Christa Gentile, Genesis Rodriguez, Tina Mercado, PO Thomas Eckhardt, PO Christopher Verwys, PO Gary Cina and PO Daniel Lynch. Centereach Fire Department Date of Alarm: March 4, 2021. Terri O’Connell, Matthew Capone, Kourtnee Snyder, Joseph Westenberger, Patrice Westenberger and Anthony Grotlo.

Dix Hills Fire Department Date of Alarm: October 1, 2021. Scott DiPino, Aaron Long, Adam Tomko, David Baack, Maresa Spizzirri, William Steed, Doug Wagner and Christina Noriega. Dix Hills Fire Department Date of Alarm: April 4, 2022. Adam Tomko, Robert Cavalieri, Joseph Panzini, Maresa Spizzirri, David Winthrop and Marc Ligitor. East Farmingdale Fire Department Date of Alarm: August 19, 2021. Timothy Curley; Lauren Fortuna; Jessica Leeb; Tyler Meyer; Madison Palumbo; Joshua Sutherland, Briana Eugene, Sarah Freeborn, Geraldine Krummenacker, Scott Lewis, James Nerrie; James Quinn, Jr.; Duane Welliver; Christopher Wright; and Anthony Nichols patient’s son, initiated CPR. Huntington Community First Aid Squad Date of Alarm: May 31, 2021. Paul Bayer, Nicole Campbell, Alexander Hastava, PO Jereme Matthews, Douglas Mayer, Alexander Mullin, Jeffery O’Neill and Donald Roulo. Huntington Community First Aid Squad Date of Alarm - September 10, 2021. Michael Moccaldi, Thomas Romano, Loreley Villamide-Herrara, Evelyn Cruise, Kathleen Castillo and Michelle Franco.

Montauk Fire Department & East Hampton Village Police Date of Alarm: July 27, 2021. Scott Geery - bystander, initiated CPR, Thomas Flight, Christopher Boccabella, Erika Uribe, Lauren Chakraborty, William Hoffman, Charles F. McLean, Donna Hitscherich, PO Michael J. Mirras, PO Robert J. Lucas and PO Juan Buitrago. Rocky Point Fire Department Date of Alarm: March 29, 2022. Rob DeSantis, Jay Hellman, Carol Hawatt, Fred Hess, Jack Crowley, Harry McCabe and John Sciarrone. Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance & Sag Harbor Police Date of Alarm: December 1, 2021. Deborah O’Brien, Steven Hatfield, Katelyn Hand, Corey Hanning-Fromm, Albert J. Labrozzi, PO Nicholas Samot and PO Pablo London. West Babylon Fire Department Date of Alarm: January 18, 2022. Thomas Reid, Amanda Hutchison, Dyllon O’Shea, Thomas Nelson and Kathleen Howell. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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NCFC 2022 Officers Elected

On May 11, 2022, the Nassau County Fire Commission (NCFC) held its annual meeting at the Woodmere Fire Department headquarters where the newly elected President of the Fire Commission, Leonard Cherson, is a member. Elected to work alongside President Cherson will be Vice-President Patrick Theodore of the East Williston Fire Department and Secretary Brian Nolan of the Locust Valley Fire Department. At the meeting, each of the nine battalion chairpersons were sworn into office. Ed Moran of the Garden City Fire Department and Paul Wilders of the North Merrick Fire Department were recognized for recently leading the First and Sixth Battalion Fire Commissions respectively. Outgoing Nassau County Fire Commission President Frank DeBobes, Sr., was recognized for the many years of service and dedication he spent with the Fire Commission —the last two years as President. - Fire News photos by

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South Farmingdale Awards and Installation 2022 The South Farmingdale Fire Department held its 61st installation dinner at the Crescent Beach Club. Commissioner Suwalski was the Master of Ceremonies and began the program with the presentation of colors and pledge to the Flag. Deacon Barone did the Invocation and Benediction. Commissioner Heffel swore in Chief of Department Klein for his second term. Chief Klein installed Deputy Chiefs Mackie and McFarlane and then the company officers. Engine Company 1 Officers: Captain Christopher Witt, 1st Lieutenant Kevin Daly and 2nd Lieutenant Michael Coakley. Truck Company 1 Officers: Captain Daniel Gennaro, 1st Lieutenant Anthony Bacchi and 2nd Lieutenant James Healey. EMS Company 1 Officers: Captain James Kleisler and Lieutenant Michelle Estupinan. Fire Police Officers: Captain Anthony Magnifico and Lieutenant Edmund Schmidt. Service milestones were given to four members with five years, one member with 10, one member with 15, and one member with 50. Ex-Captain John Trobian who is in his 90s and a member of Truck Company 1 was recognized for his 50 years of service with a proclamation from Legislator Rose Walker, the department and several gifts from the company after a history of his time in the Air Force, home life and the department was read by ex-Chief Don Mormino. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Cornhole Tournament Honors FF Jesse Gerhard

On May 21, 2022, the First Annual 3rd Division Cornhole Tournament in honor of Firefighter Jesse Gerhard was held at Islip Terrace Fire Department Headquarters. Jesse Gerhard died in the line of duty this past February while serving with FDNY Ladder 134. Jesse was also a dedicated member of Islip Fire Department Engine 1 as well as the Islip Wolves Drill Team. The cornhole tournament was originally conceived as an informal gathering for members of surrounding firehouses to spend an afternoon together

before the Drill Team season opens. It soon manifested itself into planning for an annual tournament with Jesse Gerhard as the namesake. The Gerhard family opened the event with a pledge to the flag followed by over 40 teams competing in the round robin, double elimination event. Proceeds from the fundraiser were donated to Answer the Call, New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Childrens’ Fund, in Jesse Gerhard’s name. - Fire News story by Joseph S. Marino, AMF

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Car into Creek in Freeport

Multiple emergency agencies were on the scene at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport on April 26, 2022, around 1330, after it was reported that a vehicle was seen driving into the water of a nearby creek. Freeport firefighters, police, and US Coast Guard personnel were all on the scene. The vehicle was located and removed around 1500. - Fire News photos by

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Up Close & Personal

Hauppauge Fire Department ex-Chief Ron Barz pumps Engine 3-8-3 at a bus fire on the LIE on May 24, 2022. - Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

Rockville Centre Live Oak Engine Company Captain Grandazza at a recent working fire in Rockville Centre. - Fire News photo by

East Norwich 2nd Assistant Chief Cronin at a recent working fire in East Norwich. - Fire News photo by

Ridge Fire Department EMS Coleen Dillon and Andrea Leon-Perez. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Members of the Murray family of the Rockville Centre Fire Department at a garage fire on the night of April 15, 2022. - Fire News photo by

Newly elected Saint James Fire Department 3rd Assistant Chief Daniel Keegan, Sr., at the scene of a building fire at Branchinelli’s Pizza in Smithtown on May 24, 2022. -Fire News photo by Joseph C. Sperber

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82nd So. Country Ambulance Installation

South Country Ambulance held its 82nd installation on May 14, 2022, at the East Wind Caterers in Wading River. The dinner was dedicated to Helen Rosenblum, an EMT-CC with the Shelter Island Red Cross who passed away recently. Assistant Chief Amy Thomas was sworn in for her twelfth term. Member of the Year (2020) went to Rachel Fassman; Top Responder for 2021 went to Hana Mackin; and Rookie of the Year (2021) went to Robert Onorato. - Fire News photos courtesy of South Country Ambulance

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JOHN CAPUTO JOINS FIRE DISTRICTS MUTUAL OF NEW YORK John Caputo is an active 34-year member of the Farmingville Fire Department running fire and EMS calls. He was also a 15-year member of the Board of Fire Commissioners. He has been a resident of Farmingville his entire life and has a son, John (16), and daughter Valerie (14). He was also a first responder on 9-11 at Ground Zero at 1100, with eight of his fellow fireman. Assigned to the Houses 4 and 15 in Manhattan to protect Wall Street and lower Manhattan. Caputo has many years of experience in the insurance industry starting back in 1988 with Mutual of Omaha for five years then 20 years in medical laboratory sales. He then moved on to Allstate as an agency owner, then AFLAC and now Fire Districts Mutual of New York. He is licensed in NYS for property and casualty insurance and life, accident and health insurance. He is very much excited in his role at Fire Districts Mutual of New York and is looking forward to expanding the business and helping out all fire departments and districts across the state with their Worker's Compensation and VFBL insurances. If you would like to contact John, his cell is 631-601-5305.

NATIONAL FIRE SERVICE RESEARCH AGENDA REPORT RELEASED Researchers and fire service practitioners met virtually last year for the 4th National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium resulting in the National Fire Service Research Agenda Report with nearly 300 recommendations. Symposium participants worked in three facilitated working groups to create recommendations to have the most significant impact on firefighter health and safety. The facilitators then submitted the recommendations as worksheets to an expert jury of researchers and fire service representatives. After review, the jury was able to modify and move recommendations to other domains as needed. The report includes the finalized recommendations and the working groups’ original worksheets. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) hosted the National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium, and UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) was the exclusive sponsor. NFFF Chairman of the Board of Directors Troy Markel said, “Our commitment to create a fire service national research agenda is embedded in the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives through Initiative 7. But even more critical than that, is our commitment to take a multidisciplinary approach to firefighter health and safety by providing the opportunity for researchers and fire service representatives to map out the future needs of the fire service.” Steve Kerber, Executive Director of FSRI, added, “The research conducted today is without a doubt making a difference in the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters and communities across the

country. It is promising to read these recommendations created with the input of firefighters and envision what the future of fire service research can be.” The report features the working group recommendations based on their domains topical area. The planning committee determined the three domains to be: • Domain #1: Hiring/Retention/ Advancement included recommendations on recruitment, effective leadership, diversity/equity /inclusion/belonging, and hiring, promotion, and retention. • Domain #2: Effective operations included recommendations related to training, tactics, tools, equipment, apparatus, personal protective equipment, and community risk reduction. • Domain #3: Health and safety included recommendations related to wellness, understudied populations, cardiovascular health, cancer, mental health, metabolic health, reproductive health, occupational medical evaluations, fatigue, injury prevention/assessment, violence prevention/risk assessment, and work environment. The 4th National Fire Service Research Agenda Report can be downloaded here: For more information on the National Fire Service Research Agenda, please contact John Tippett, Director of Fire Service Programs,

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Montauk Wetdown On May 14, 2022, was a very big day at the Montauk Fire Department, as members and their families celebrated the department’s fire apparatus with a traditional wetdown of seven trucks and emergency vehicles. Everyone enjoyed a barbecue and special commemorative T-shirts and hats. - Fire News photos by Richard Lewin

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North Babylon Installation 2022...Continued from previous page The North Babylon Fire Company held its 86th installation dinner at the Huntington Hilton on April 2, 2022. Chief of Department Cullen was sworn in for his second and final term as Chief by his father Dara. The assistant chiefs, executive officers and the line officers from the four stations were installed by various dignitaries. ExChief John F. Caroleo was awarded with the Chief Francis J. Noonan Award, and ex-President Thomas P. Hellum was awarded the Chief Willian Scarangella Award. Most Alarms for the Year 2021 were given to the winner from each station. Service Awards were given to eight members with fiveyears, two members with 10-years, six members with 15-years, one member with 20 years, one member with 25 years, three members with 30 years, one member with 40 years, two members with 45 years and one member with 65 years. Ex-Captain John Gardner was given numerous proclamations and awards for his 65 years in the fire company, his son Mike and grandson Mike are also members. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Massapequa Installation 2022 On May 7, 2022 the Massapequa Fire Department held its annual installation dinner where the new Chief of Department William Monjardo along with Assistant Chiefs Regis Beneville, Jeffery Friedland and Ryan Zimmerman and other department officers were sworn into office. Outgoing Chief of Department David Batt was also honored. - Fire News photos by Ed Tuffy, PIO

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Medford’s Chaplain Rev. Harold C. McDowell

The Medford Fire Department mourned the passing of their Chaplain and Life Member Reverend Harold C. McDowell on May 22, 2022. He was 95. He was a Chaplain of the Independent Hose Company of South Medford, and the Medford Fire Department when it became a fire district in 1949. He returned to Medford in 1964 and became chaplain in 2002 and had well over 45 years in the department when he passed away. He was a US Army and US Navy veteran and the spiritual leader for the Medford Fire Department. He will be missed. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone