Fire News Long Island, 8-22 edition

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Serving Fire, Rescue & EMS Heroes Since 1973 AUGUST 2022

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In this issue... Roosevelt House Fire A fire in the rear of a home extends to the basement. See story on page 12

Heavy Fire Load in Islip Crews arrive to fire on the first and second floors in the rear of the home.

See story on page 16

East Meadow House Fire East Meadow crews knock down heavy fire in a single-car garage.

See story on page 28

EMS Across the Island A fatal shooting in Bellport; Centerport makes a muddy rescue.

See story on page 38

Up Close and Personal First responders from Roslyn, Centereach, Greenlawn, Sea Cliff, and Republic Rescue. See story on pages 64 & 65

Obituaries Wantagh’s James Vinson Nesconset’s Mark Little

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Where Does Experience Come From? I became a firefighter in 1992. As a probationary firefighter and for the next few years, I constantly found myself challenged to be the best at what I was doing. After a few months, I felt like a seasoned firefighter. Fortunately, one or two of the old-timers kept me in line and made sure my ego wasn't going to get me in trouble. Searching for a theme for this month’s Fire News editorial, I gave thought to my career as I mow start my 30th year in the fire service. One of the thoughts that came to mind was the summer of 1995. Throughout that summer, Long Island had an unusual amount of brush fires. Upon our return to the firehouse, one of our senior members always asked how the fire went. It seemed that every time he asked about the fire, the flames were hotter, and the size of the fire increased exponentially. Fast forward to July 2022. Last week my department battled a fatal fire that challenged our members. I know everyone can look back and recall a fire that not only challenged your skills, but also left a scar on your memory. The memory of a fatal fire doesn't go away. You are left with a haunting mark that will always come back to you in some way. Kudos to

my department for making sure our members understood that they did their best to save life and property. I applaud the members of my department who did their best to save the victims of this fire. Now, back to 1995. The Long Island Wildfires of August 1995 started in July of 1995. Yes, throughout the summer of 1995, brush fires were breaking out throughout Terryville, Rocky Point and eventually moved south to the Long Island Pine Barrens. As a firefighter, what goes through your mind as you are responding to a fire and see a dark violent cloud of smoke in the direction that you are traveling? Responding to my first major wildfire, I had no idea what to expect. Thankfully, the crew of experienced firefighters knew what we were in for that day and kept a watchful eye out for one another as the flames exploded around us. I believe 12 departments worked feverishly to bring the blaze under control. Unfortunately, due to the hot and dry conditions, the flames seem to pop out all over Long Island and eventually led to the Long Island Wildfire of 1995. This fire burned approximately 5000 acres. I urge all new firefighters to research this fire. Ask yourself would you be ready to go to work

to bring a major wildfire under control? Keep in mind that every call is a learning experience. Drills help us direct our thoughts and prepare you for dealing with a thought process to battle fires that may cross your path. Experience is what is needed to safely get you through a tough situation. I recommend that on nights you are sitting at the firehouse, take a moment to share some of the difficult fires you have had with your newer members. Talk about the scenario so that your members are aware of how they can stay safe during difficult calls. Be prepared for the return of the unexpected call. -Dennis

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Register now to have your apparatus photographed with the Tribute in Lights in the background. it’s open to any fire department or emergency medical service or any law enforcement agency. Antique fire apparatus are welcome. Contact Ed Gray:; Bill Thompkins: Peterscamer; or Ron Johnson:


The Halesite Fire Department is looking to add new members to their Junior Crabbers program. The program is intended to allow teenagers the opportunity to gain technical and life skills not otherwise available to them and to develop and build teamwork, leadership, confidence, responsibility and the ability to stay calm in an emergency situation. These skills are developed through training drills, coaching, the example set by senior members, and other department and program activities. Juniors must be between the ages of 13 and 17 or aged 12 and entering or already in the seventh grade. For full program details, and eligibility requirements, please come down to meet our current Juniors and Advisors, or visit our Junior’s Wesbite for more information about the program at


The Brookhaven Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary will hold their 3rd Annual Chinese Auction on September 17, 2022, at their headquarters at 2486 Montauk Highway in Brookhaven. Doors open a 1600 and calling starts at 1800. There will be door prizes, lotto prizes, gift cards, mystery prizes and refreshments available. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive one free white

sheet of tickets. A 50/50 will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Admission is $10 per person and includes one sheet of 25 white tickets, coffee and dessert. For more information call 631-286-0282, ext. 131 or e-mail: brookhavenchineseauction


The Suffolk County Firematic Historians Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 1930 at the Islip Town Fire & EMS Museum and Education Center, 4 Courthouse Drive in Central Islip. The feature presentation will be “Lost Firehouses of Nassau County.” It will be presented by Mike Capoziello, founder of the Association of Nassau County Firematic Historians. If you have photos of lost firehouses bring them to the meeting. Light fare food/drinks will be served. RSVP (for headcount) no later than August 5 by contacting Tom Rinelli - Suffolk County Firematic Historians at 631-721-8129 or


The Long Island Volunteer Fireman’s Association is hosting a FREE Benevolent Accounting Seminar on proper administration of 2% funds at Blue Point F.D. on Thursday August 25,2022,7:00p.m.Light refreshments will be served. If interested contact: Don Holupka-(516)-316-5947 or Doug Miller (631)-335-2792

The First PAC for Volunteer Firefighters/EMS in New York State By Peter W. Olson, Ph.D.; Chair of the LI Legislative Committee The Long Island Legislative Committee of Fire Districts (“LI Leg”), established in 1975, is composed of members from both Nassau and Suffolk Fire District Associations. The LI Leg Committee has been instrumental in getting over 30 bills passed in Albany since 2014. It was the LI Leg that collaborated with bi-partisan legislators and Governor Hochul to pass the EMS Cost Recovery Act this past May. Working on this bill required an enormous about of time and money. Time to travel back and forth to Albany to meet with and lobby for fire service bills. To accomplish this daunting task the LI Leg requires funding from each County Fire District Association in Nassau and Suffolk. We discovered that it becomes extremely expensive to lobby legislators in Albany. Each year, the Senate and Assembly review over 15,000 proposed bills, of which, approximately 180 bills may be fire service related. To lobby these bi-partisan bills

becomes an enormous effort by our Committee members. Therefore, the Committee investigated a variety of funding options. After many intense discussions, we decided that a Political Action Committee (“PAC”) would be our most viable option. After additional meetings and lengthy discussions, we created the Long Island Firefighters Legislative Committee PAC, a 501-C4 organization (a not-for-profit organization). This PAC will enable us to contribute to bi-partisan politicians, who will collaborate with and create fire service bills that will benefit both the volunteer fire departments/districts/EMS and their communities. What is a PAC and why should I join this PAC? A Political Action Committee (PAC) in the United States, pools funds from PAC members to be used to support the legislative process. As stated earlier, a PAC allows you to contribute to legislators who will work with and collaborate with your organ-

ization. The volunteer Fire Departments need to have a voice in the legislative process in Albany. A PAC provides a direct link to pro-volunteer fire department legislators. During the past three years, this was blatantly apparent when LI Leg began to push harder for the EMS Cost Recovery Bill. Our Committee members will continue to give their time, and the PAC will provide the funding that we will need to lobby legislators. The reason to join a PAC is simple, you want to have a collective voice in legislative process. The PAC provides the voice and the pressure to move the bills through both the Senate and Assembly. Firefighter volunteerism in New York State continues to decline at a rate of 7-8 percent per year, placing an increased burden on our existing volunteers. As our numbers decline, we need to pass fire service bills that will benefit and protect our fire departments and the communities they serve. Therefore, we, (Continued on page 69)

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Cover Story

RV Hits Strip Mall in Melville On July 9, 2022, at approximately 0100, the Melville Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle into a building with a person trapped on Walt Whitman Road. First Assistant Chief Bernfeld arrived to an RV into a building with no entrapment but major structural damage to the building. Damage was eventually found to three storefronts in the strip of stores with the most severe damage being to a laundromat. With the extent of the damage and structural compromise, Technical Rescue Teams were requested from Huntington Manor, Bethpage and Massapequa. Upon assessment by the teams, as well as the Town of Huntington Building Department, it was determined shoring was not required and the scene was placed under control in approximately 75 minutes. All operations were under the direction of Chief of Department Schmitt. - Fire News photos by, Steve Silverman and Paul Mazza

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Collapse at Central Islip Fire

The Central Islip Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on sides suffered heat damage. Mutual aid came from Islip Terrace Sea Cliff Street shortly after 2300 on May 25, 2022. First arriving and East Brentwood. Chief of Department Zaleski was in charge of units encountered a fully involved structure that was being worked the scene and the cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza on from a previous fire in 2021. The structure collapsed shortly after the fire departments arrival. Houses on the exposure 2 and 4

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Westbury 2nd Floor Fire

The Westbury Fire Department responded to the report of a house fire on Wilson Avenue on May 8, 2022. Smoke was showing from the second floor on arrival and companies went to work to extinguish the blaze. The Mineola Fire Department acted as the FAST. - Fire News photo by

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Wyandanch Shed Fire The Wyandanch Fire Company was alerted for an unknown type of fire in the vicinity of Brooklyn Avenue and South 23rd Street about 0140 on June 1, 2022. Chief of Department Brown, First Assistant Chief G. Vaccaro and Third Assistant J. Vaccaro were on the road quickly. The chiefs arrived to find a shed that had been converted into a small house, fully involved. The structure collapsed while the fire was being extinguished. The Town of Babylon Fire Marshal and Suffolk County Police Arson Squad were requested to investigate the cause. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Fast Stop in East Meadow The East Meadow Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Palm Lane on the morning of May 10, 2022. Units discovered a fire in the rear of the home and lines were stretched to douse the flames. No injuries were reported. - Fire News photo by

Heavy Fire Load in Commack The Commack Fire Department responded to a house fire on Raven Drive in Commack on May 30, 2022 at 0845. Upon arrival of firefighters a heavy fire condition was discovered on the first floor of the home. Two occupants were able to escape but suffered smoke inhalation. Commack Volunteer Ambulance transported one of the victims to a local hospital and treated the second at the scene. Mutual aid came from Hauppauge. The Suffolk Police and Smithtown Town Fire Marshal were on scene investigating the cause. - Fire News photo provided by Joseph C. Sperber

Plainview Attic Fire On May 16, 2022, at 0123, the Plainview Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke from an attic on Spector Lane. First Assistant Chief Mayors arrived to find fire in the attic. Engine 9511 stretched the initial line.Two lines were placed into operation with the assistance of crews from Bethpage, Syosset and Hicksville. - Fire News photo by

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Suspicious Fire in Islip

The Islip Fire Department was alerted for a residential structure fire at the Fairfield Apartment Complex on Saxon Avenue. First to arrive was 3-4-96 who confirmed active fire showing out the rear of the building. Islip crews stretched attack lines through the courtyard to the fire apartment in the rear building of the complex. The fire was quickly extinguished and confined to the main apartment. Two cats were rescued from a neighboring apartment and reunited with their owner. Mutual aid came from East Islip, Bay Shore, Brentwood, Central Islip, Exchange Ambulance of the Islips, Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance and West Islip Ambulance. There was one minor injury to a civilian who was transported to South Shore University Hospital. The cause of the fire appeared to possibly be suspicious in nature and was under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Arson Squad and the Town of Islip Fire Marshal’s office. - Fire News photos by Rich Stark FC-49 and Paul Mazza

Roosevelt House Fire

In the early morning of July 1, 2022, the Roosevelt Fire Department responded to Eddy Road for a house fire. Units arrived to fire in the rear of a two-story home in which fire had traveled to the basement. Two handlines were put into operation. Mutual aid was provided by

Hempstead, Uniondale, North Merrick, Merrick and Freeport. Units operated under the command of 7302. - Fire News photos by and

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Mineola Commercial Fire

Late on July 10, 2022, the Mineola Fire Department responded to Willis Avenue as Nassau County Fire com received multiple calls for a building fire. A chief arrived to fire showing from the basement of a single-story commercial building. Members used one handline to quickly extinguish the fire. Mutual aid was provided by multiple surrounding departments, Carle Place was designated the FAST. All fire department units operated under the command of the First Assistant Chief, Domingos Magalhaes. - Fire News photos by TNT Photography, and

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Compactor Fire in East Farmingdale On March 3, 2022, units from East Farmingdale arrived on the scene of an automatic alarm at Engineers Lane to find smoke showing. After further investigation, 1-5-31 found fire to the rear in an exterior compactor that was attached to the building. Engine 1-5-1 stretched to the rear and started to extinguish the fire. Shortly after, 1-5-15 arrived and conducted searches where they found minor extension into the building. Mutual aid was provided by, Melville, Wyandanch and the Village of Farmingdale. All units operated under the command of Chief of Department Duane Welliver. Units operated on scene for approximately one hour. - Fire News photo by TNT Photography

Valley Stream Gas Station Fire

On the morning of June 30, 2022, the Valley Stream Fire Department, along with mutual aid companies, operated at the scene of a fire at a BP gas station on North Central Avenue between Sapir and Stein Streets. The fire was located on the number four side of a single-story commercial building with extension into the structure and an adjacent dumpster. Firefighters put two handlines into operation and were able to knock down the bulk of the fire; however, their efforts were hindered by several pallets of hand sanitizer contributing to the fire load. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Valley Stream Chief of Department Patrick Scanlon had command of the incident. - Fire News photo by

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Heavy Fire at Islip Home The Islip Fire Department was originally alerted for an outside fire, which was then upgraded to a house fire on Les Street at about 0500 on July 7, 2022. While still en route First Assistant Chief Gunst had a large column of smoke visible and arrived to find a two-story home with heavy fire showing in the rear on the first and second floors. Engine 3-4-7 dropped the first line at the house. The crew from Engine 3-4-2 stretched a second line off 3-4-7. One line was brought into the house the other was brought to the exposure 3 side

Bellport Garage Fire On July 10, 2022, at 1511, the Bellport Fire Department received a call for a residential alarm on Rogers Avenue. Chief David Didio was first on scene. The owners of the property were not at home and Chief Didio detected the smell of smoke coming from the attached two-car garage, although no smoke was visible. Bellport responded with units 5-1-3 and 5-1-5. Firefighters gained entrance to the garage and extinguished the fire before it was able to spread, and remained to vent the garage and second floor. Hagerman and South Country Ambulance assisted. - Fire News photo by John Mehrkens

exterior. A third line was stretched when Engine 3-4-9 arrived. The crews from Ladders 3-4-5 and 3-4-11, laddered, vented and searched. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control with no reported injuries. Mutual aid to the scene was provided by Bay Shore, East Islip, Islip Terrace and Brentwood. West Islip stood by for Islip. Exchange Ambulance of the Islips was also on scene. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Middle Island House Fire

Roslyn House Under Construction Fire

On June 29, 2022, at approximately 1040, the Middle Island Fire Department and Suffolk Police were notified of a possible house fire with smoke coming from the roof. Ridge, Brookhaven National Labs, Yaphank and Shirley EMS responded on mutual aid. Chief Marcel Rosenfeld was the O.I.C. - Fire News photo by

On May 21, 2022, the Roslyn Rescue and Roslyn Highlands fire companies were dispatched to a house fire on Elm Street. Highland’s 2nd Assistant Chief Sohn arrived to an active fire on the first floor. Engine 566 stretched the initial line the house which was under construction. Two lines were placed into operation to quickly extinguish the main body of fire. With the assistance of crews from Mineola, Port Washington and Albertson, the fire was placed under control in approximately 30 minutes. All operations were under the direction of Roslyn Rescue Chief of Department Williams. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by

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Standby Companies Handle Westbury House Fire

In honor of the Westbury Fire Department’s 125th Anniversary in 2022, the Department cohosted the Nassau County Tournament with the North Merrick Fire Department on the morning of July 9, 2022. During this tournament the Westbury Fire Department put standby units into place to cover their district. These standby companies (Sea Cliff, Greenlawn and Halesite) were dispatched to a

report of a structure fire on Washington Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with heavy fire on the second floor of a two-story private dwelling on Stewart Avenue. Mutual aid was requested from Carle Place and East Meadow among others. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by and

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East Farmingdale Transfer Station Blaze

On June 26, 2022, at approximately 2020, the East Farmingdale Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a building fire at the Omni Recycling Center on Alder Street. Chief of Department Welliver and crews found heavy fire throughout the transfer station which involved machinery inside the building in addition to the garbage and recycled materials. At least five master streams were placed into operation on all sides of the building to extinguish the fire. Crews from North Lindenhurst, West Babylon, Lindenhurst, Farmingdale and Wyandanch worked for at least three hours to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photos by

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Bay Shore Scrapyard Fire

The Bay Shore Fire Department was alerted for a fire on Moffit Boulevard about 0145 on June 25, 2022. First Assistant Chief Eklund arrived and reported it to be a large pile of scrap metal burning in the yard of NJC Scrap Metal. Chief of Department Butler arrived and requested mutual aid from Islip, East Islip and West Islip. The master streams from 3-1-7, 3-4-11 and one 21/2 inch line were used to extinguish the fire in about an hour. Bay ShoreBrightwaters Ambulance Corps. was also on scene. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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North Massapequa Shed Fire On the evening of July 12, 2022, the North Massapequa Fire Department responded to a residence on Sheep Pasture Lane for a house fire. An exchief on scene stated he had a fully involved shed fire with no exposure issues. Two handlines were stretched off Engine 662 to extinguish the fire. Nassau County Fire Marshals HazMat was requested to the scene for a propane burn off. All units operated under the command of the Chief of Department Mark Frascella. - Fire News photo by TNT Photography

Quick Stop on Smith Street On July 3, 2022, at approximately 1540, the Lynbrook Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire on Smith Street. Engine 421 was quickly on the road and advised by Valley Stream 1st Assistant Chief Capone to pick up a hydrant. Engine 421, arrived to fire on the upper floors of the house. Two lines were placed into operation to quickly extinguish the fire. With assistance of crews from Valley Stream, Rockville Centre and Malverne, the fire was placed under control in less than 30 minutes. The cause was under investigation. - Fire News photo by

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North Amityville Trailers Go On June 20, 2022 the North Amityville Fire Company, along with area mutual-aid responded to Pawnee Court for two trailer-homes well involved. Crews had the fire under control within a hour and no serious injuries were reported. The cause was under investigation by officials. - Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez and

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East Meadow House Fire In the late morning of June 30, 2022, the East Meadow Fire Department received calls for a house fire on Highview Avenue. Units arrived to heavy fire from a single-story detached garage. No mutual aid was requested, but mutual aid units were called to relocate and cover East Meadow’s district while they operated. Units on scene operated under the command of 6102. - Fire News photos by and

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Hicksville Building Fire The Hicksville Fire Department was alerted for a dumpster fire with possible exposure issues on West Marie Street about 0020 on July 5, 2022. First Assistant Chief Difonzo arrived to smoke showing from the building. Chief of Department Moskos transmitted a second alarm due to a gas line being ruptured. Engine crews stretched and operated multiple lines, including one that was operated from the bucket of 936. The fire was brought under control in about an hour with no reported injuries. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Floral Park Attic Fire The Floral Park Fire Department responded to a fire in the attic of a home on Hinsdale Avenue on July 8, 2022. Engine companies doused the blaze while truck companies checked for any extension. Mutual aid units were also on the scene. - Fire News photo by

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Gas-Fed Kitchen Fire in New Hyde Park

On the evening of July 8, 2022, all companies of the Manhasset- gas fed kitchen fire on the first floor of a two-story private dwelling Lakeville Fire Department operated on the scene of a fire on Evans that was vacant and undergoing renovations. The cause of the fire, Street in the North New Hyde Park section of their district. New which was quickly extinguished, was being investigated. - Fire News photos by Hyde Park was assigned as the FAST and responded to the scene and with Ladder 175. Firefighters put one handline into operation for a

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N. Patchogue Apartment Fire & Save

On May 17, 2022, at approximately 0815, the North Patchogue Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at the Robinson Avenue Garden Apartments. Engine 4 was met with intense heat and fire throughout the apartment as it made a very quick and aggressive fire attack within the apartment. While crews were in the fire apartment a victim stuck in an adjacent apartment with no access back to the hallway was reported, and Hagerman Chief of Department and Firefighter Sean Ohora searched and

quickly removed the victim from the apartment through a rear window with assistance from Hagerman Firefighter Kenny Dean and multiple Suffolk Police Officers. This aggressive firefighting resulted in the rescue of a victim and minimized damage to the structure. Mutual aid was provided by Patchogue, Hagerman, Medford, Holbrook and Blue Point. - Fire News photos by Tim Edwards, story courtesy of the North Patchogue FD Facebook Page

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Inwood House Fire

In the early morning hours of July 8, 2022, the Inwood Fire Department, along with mutual aid companies, operated at the scene of a fire on Morris Avenue off Doughty Boulevard. Firefighters stretched three handlines and put two into operation for a fire in the attic of a 2-1/2 story peaked-roof private dwelling. All occupants made it safely out of the residence and the main body of fire was quickly knocked down. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Inwood Chief of Department Curcio had command of the incident. - Fire News photos by

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Looking Back Ronkonkoma - 2015

Brentwood - 2019

Late on March 1, 2015, the Ronkonkoma Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on Patchogue-Holbrook Road. Commanding units were met with a fully-engulfed structure. Firefighters battled the stubborn blaze for well over an hour in frigid temperatures. The home was completely gutted. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

On April 4, 2019, firefighters from multiple area departments battled a fully engulfed house fire on Park Avenue in Brentwood. Strong winds fueled the blaze, which gutted the home. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Bellport - 2019 On April 8, 2019, the Bellport Fire Department was activated for a residential structure fire on Pace Avenue. Commanding units were met with heavy fire showing from the front of the home. The fire took crews over an hour to bring under control. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

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East Farmingdale Truck Fire in Bldg.

The East Farmingdale Fire Company was alerted for a general alarm at a building on Route 110 near Executive Drive about 1745 on July 10, 2022. Chief of Department Welliver, First Assistant Chief Lewis, and Third Assistant Chief Greco responded and found a dump truck involved that was half in and half out of the building.

One line was put into operation to extinguish the fire and contain it to the truck. There was no extension and all searches were negative. South Farmingdale was requested for RIT. The cause of the fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

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Fatality at Bellport Shooting

On June 15, 2022, the South Country EMS Company responded to a reported gunshot victim on Post Avenue. First arriving crews found a male in the roadway with a gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Long Island Community Hospital where he was soon after pronounced dead. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Centerport Rescues Clammer Stuck in Mud

The Centerport Fire Department was alerted by local residents to rescue a man stuck in the mud off Centerport Beach at the end of Little Neck Road on July 15, 2022, at about 0730. Firefighters arrived to find the man stuck up to his waist in mud about 50-feet offshore. Crews donned Mustang water rescue suits and used shovels and oars to dig the man out by loosening up the mud around him. They placed a life vest around him to keep him safe during the 20-minute rescue operation, and used a rope to pull him out to safe-

ty. The man, who was out clamming, was uninjured. Under the command of First Assistant Chief Kyle McLaughlin, crews responded with a heavy rescue truck, engine, support van and paramedic unit. The Halesite Fire Department assisted with a Hovercraft and an engine, as well as the Huntington Harbormaster and Suffolk County Police. - Fire News story by Steve Silverman, photos courtesy Centerport FD

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Lindenhurst Fatal MVA on Sunrise The Lindenhurst Fire Department was called to an MVA between an SUV and a car at Straight Path and eastbound Sunrise Highway at about 2305 on July 4, 2022. The collision trapped the passenger of the car and sent the vehicle into a parking lot where it hit a parked minivan. There were three people in the car who were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital and South Shore University Hospital. A passenger of the car was pronounced dead at the hospital. The others in both vehicles had non-life-threatening injuries. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Fatal MVA in West Hempstead A 66-year-old man was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Hempstead Turnpike near Front Street in West Hempstead at around 1900 on June 30, 2022. West Hempstead firefighters and county police were called to the scene for a vehicle that struck and severed a utility pole and knocked over a fire hydrant. - Fire News photo by

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Nesconset MVA with Entrapment

At 0141 on June 30, 2022, the Nesconset Fire Department responded to an MVA car-versus-tractor trailer with entrapment. Arriving units found one subject heavily trapped in their vehicle with severe injuries. EMS workers from First Responder 4-4-80 and Ambulance 4-4-6A stabilized the patient while firefighters from

Heavy Rescue 4-4-9 and Engine 4-4-2 worked to cut open the vehicle and extricate the patient. All units operated under the command of Chief Frank Ragona and cleared the scene at 02:24. - Fire News photo by Michael Wichtendahl

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West Islip/ North Babylon Double Fatal on the SSP The North Babylon Fire Company, West Islip Fire Department, New York State Police and Suffolk County Police were called to an MVA with reported vehicle into an overpass with entrapment and car fire, on the eastbound Southern State Parkway about 0115 on July 11, 2022. North Babylon Assistant Chiefs Alt and Elco responded and confirmed the fire, and that one person had been removed by a passersby and one was still in the vehicle. The driver of an SUV went off the road and crashed into a tree head-on. Crews tried to get access to the driver but, unfortunately, he could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where she unfortunately passed from her injuries a time later. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Fire News photo by Paul Mazza

Hempstead MVA The Hempstead Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle accident with rollover on William Street near Jerusalem Avenue on July 10, 2022. No one was injured and fire department units were not needed. - Fire News photo by

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1 Fatal in Jericho DWI MVA On June 16, 2022, just after midnight, the Jericho Fire Department was dispatched to a reported MVA with entrapment and wires down at the intersection of Route 107 and Fruitledge Road. Medic 9499 and 2nd Assistant Chief Ketsoglou were advised by dispatch that CPR was in progress on one victim and another was still in the vehicle. Upon arrival, crews found a car on its side with an electrical pole and wires down on top of the vehicle as well as a motorcycle down in the roadway. The driver of the car was extricated by police prior to fire department’s arrival and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced on scene. After investigation by police, the driver of the vehicle was charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter. - Fire News photo by

Setauket MVA The Setauket Fire Department responded to an MVA after a driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the guard rail on Nesconset Highway. Under the command of Richard Leute, Chief of the Department, firefighters secured and moved the vehicle off the road. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Car into Building in East Farmingdale In the afternoon of July 2, 2022, the East Farmingdale Volunteer Fire Company responded to Taco Joes on Route 109 for a car versus building call. Units arrived to a car into the building with heavy building damage but no entrapment. The chief requested TRT to respond, as well as the Matrix to be started. Units secured the vehicle and the building. Mutual aid was provided by Amityville, and West Babylon. Units operated under the command of 1-5-31. - Fire News photos by and Paul Mazza

Man Critically Injured in Brookhaven MVA On June 13, 2022, at approximately 0625, Brookhaven Fire Department, South Country Ambulance and Suffolk County Police responded to a MVA involving a sedan and a dump truck on Montauk Highway, just east of South Country Road in Brookhaven. According to SCP, the sedan was headed eastbound on Montauk Highway, just east of South Country Road, when the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, striking the dump truck. The driver of the sedan was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. The driver of the dump truck was uninjured. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

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2022 Tim Farrell Golf Benefits TFFF

- Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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2022 Tim Farrell Golf Benefits TFFF (Continued)

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New Hyde Park Memorial Dedicated

On the evening of July 7, 2022, the Village of New Hyde Park and New Hyde Park Fire Department co-hosted a memorial park dedication at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Central Boulevard. The park is dedicated to the 38 members of the New Hyde Park Fire Department who have achieved 50 years of service. The program began with the National Anthem, the introduction of elected officials and guests, and remarks by various dignitaries. During the evening, the names of the 38 honorees was read off and a few of their accolades read aloud. While being individually recognized the member would stand (if a member was not present or had previously passed away a family member, friend, or member of the department would stand in their place). Members of the Sakowich family unveiled the firefighter statue inside of the park. This was followed by all of the honorees present unveiling the plaques bearing the 38 names on them. During his time at the podium Mayor Christopher Devane announced that street signs with the name of each honoree had been placed on the street where each half-century member resided. Members living outside of New Hyde Park were given their street signs during the program. The program concluded with a blessing of the memorial by Chaplain Joshua Jong. - Fire News photos by

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Stony Brook Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

St. James Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

Nesconset Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

Kings Park Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

Smithtown Fire Department. - Fire News photo by Tim Edwards

Members of New Hyde Park Ladder 175 on a mutual aid to the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department on the evening of July 8, 2022. - Fire News photo by

Members of the Inwood Fire Department on the scene of a recent mutual aid fire in Roslyn while covering Sea Cliff. - Fire News photo by

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Farmingdale House Fire

In the early morning of June 16, 2022, the Farmingdale Fire Department was alerted for a house fire on Staples Street. First arriving units were met with smoke showing and with further investigation a working fire was transmitted. Assistance came from South Farmingdale, Bethpage and East Farmingdale. Crews were

able to quickly locate the fire on the second floor and knock it down without incident. No injuries were reported. - Fire News photos by Bryan Lopez and

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Mastic Beach Golf Tournament

The Mastic Beach Firemen’s Benevolent Association held its 1st Firemen’s Benevolent Association want to thank everyone for the Annual John Joseph Milazzo Memorial Golf Outing at the Pine Hills support for making this event a great success and are looking forCountry Club in Manorville. The members of the Mastic Beach ward to next year’s outing. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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Supervisor Romaine Honors Center Moriches Members at Annual Dinner On July 2, 2022, Supervisor Ed Romaine attended the Center Moriches Fire Department’s Annual installation dinner at the Bellport Country Club. During the event, the Supervisor honored the department award recipients, including the incoming and outgoing officers, length of service awards, high point awards and more. Each was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Supervisor for their life saving efforts in service to the community. (Left to right): Supervisor Romaine; 2nd Assistant Chief Brian Deedy; 1st Assistant Chief Phil Masterson and Chief William Schilling III. (Left to right): 2nd Assistant Chief Brian Deedy; EMS Provider of the Year Louise Znaniecki; 50-Year member Ed Hughes and Chief William Schilling III. - Fire News photos provided

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Jack Pokress Celebrates 102nd Birthday

On June 25, 2022, members of the North Massapequa Fire Department, led by Chief of Department Mark Frascella paid a birthday visit to 66-year member Jack Pokress on his 102nd birthday at the NY State Veterans Home. Pokress is a member of Friendship Engine Company 3 and a former commissioner of the North Massapequa Fire District. As a US Army World War II veteran Pokress served with the famed Merrill's Marauders on its campaign through Burma to recapture Japanese held territory. In addition to his service to North Massapequa, Jack Pokress also served as president of the Association of Fire Districts of Nassau County and president of the South Shore Volunteer Fire Departments Association and the Long Island Legislative Committee. Greeting Jack is Angelo Piccolo, also a 66-year member, who was sworn in to the department the same day. The current longest serving members of the department are Jack Pokress, Angelo Piccolo (66 years) and Bill Gruener (60 years). - Fire News photos by Dave Pokress

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So. Country Ambulance Donates to Terry Farrell Fund

On June 28, 2022, at the Terry Farrell Fund Annual golf outing Chairman of the Board Louis Valentino and the Department Chief Gregory C. Miglino, Jr., of South Country Ambulance made good on a promise brokered by Fire News Publisher Frank Trotta and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine by donating a recently

decommissioned 2012 Tahoe to the fund. In addition, the department worked with Sign Design graphics owner Joe Colucci to have the vehicle lettering done and donated. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Long Beach Trains

On July 6, 2022, the Long Beach Fire Department hosted a department drill at the department’s training center. The drill simulated a basement fire with challenges added in that included downed firefighters and doors that were out of play. Long Beach firefighters were able to hone several skills — among them was radio communications, hoseline stretching and operating, ground ladders and firefighter packaging and removal. - Fire News photos by

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Donnelly Honors Deer Park HS Student Damian Bozzi as Volunteer of the Year Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly (D-Deer Park) recently recognized Damian Bozzi of Deer Park as the 2022 Deer Park High School Volunteer of the Year. Bozzi has balanced academics and community service as a junior firefighter with the Deer Park Fire Department and was selected by the school for this honor. He learned he was recipient of the award during the high school’s ceremony on June 2, 2022, where Legislator Donnelly presented him with a County Proclamation and also surprised him with a small monetary award from the Donnelly family. “As a proud alumni of Deer Park High School and the father of three daughters who also graduated from the school, as well as a fellow Deer Park Fire Department volunteer, it was particularly special to recognize Damian for his accomplishments,” said Legislator Donnelly. “I wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.” - Fire News photo provided

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Amityville 2022 Installation The Amityville Fire Department held an in-house ceremony marking their 117th installation of officers in April. Master of Ceremonies ex-Chief Kenneth opened the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation. Amityville Village Mayor Dennis Siry installed Assistant Chiefs Stephen Juliano, Robert Macomber and Matthew Gross. Ex-Chief Kennethe Lang installed Chief of Department Gavin Budde. Chief Budde installed the Council Members of the fire companies and the officers of Hose Company 2, Hose Company 3, Hose Company 4, Hook and Ladder Company 1, Fire Police, Emergency Squad, Water Rescue, Ladies Auxiliary, Junior Fire Department and Drill Team. Department High Percentage Award and Company High Percentage Award were given to members of each company. Chief of Department Budde and Lieutenant Brett Devine were presented a Class II Award for Bravery for assisting in removal of an occupant from a house fire in Copiague. An EMS Life Saving Award was presented to eight members. Service Awards were given to one member for 20 years, three members for 25 years, three members for 30 years, two members for 35 years, two members for 40 years, and three members for 45 years. Special mention for 55 years went to exChief Rocco Juliano and exChief Kenneth Lang for 60 years. Mayor Siry and Chief Budde thanked ex-Chief Robert Waegerle for his time in office; he is the first person to be Chief of Department twice. Other recognitions were for the 30th anniversary of a Heavy Rescue Unit, the 45th anniversary of headquarters and the 100th anniversary of Hose Company 4. - Fire News photos by Paul Mazza

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Up Close & Personal Roslyn Rescue Chief of Department J. Williams (left) and Ex-Chief K. Williams (right) on at a recent working fire in Roslyn. - Fire News photo by OverTheEdgePhotography. com

Greenlawn Fire Department Fire Fighter Anthony Jones (right). - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone Centereach Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief Gerald Sposato. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

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Up Close & Personal Republic Crash Fire Rescue ARFF Gerado Cruz, and Assistant Chief Manny Moran. - Fire News photo by Bryan Lopez

Centereach Fire Department Firefighter Megan Bauer. - Fire News photo by Ron Monteleone

Sea Cliff Assistant Chief Brian O’Donnell and his brother Sea Cliff Lieutenant Jack O'Donnell on the scene of a Westbury house fire on the morning of July 9, 2022. - Fire News photo by

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BVFBA Presents Member with Motorized Trike Recently the Bellport Volunteer Firefighters Benevolent Association (BVFBA) of the Bellport Fire Department presented ex-Chief Dan Harrow with a motorized trike. Ex-Chief Harrow suffers with Lyme disease and has very limited mobility. Up until recently, Dan was able to get around on a manually powered peddle trike but as his disease has progressed, this had become much more difficult for him. As a life member of the Bellport Fire Department, his fellow firemen via the BVFBA voted to purchase the motorized trike for Dan. The BVFBA was founded by Ed Bishop, former member of the department many years ago, and its mission is to bring financial assistance and support to its members. Current President Chet Kane said, "We take great pleasure in helping fellow brothers and sisters in the fire service brotherhood and this gift is essential to keep Dan going. He loves the firehouse and the people in it and now he can continue his daily visits to the firehouse. He is once again mobile and is able to get to his favorite place at any time without any outside assistance. - Fire News photos provided

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FIREHOUSE EXPO PREVIEW SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2022 GREATER COLUMBUS (OH) CONVENTION CENTER Join us in Columbus, OH. On September 26 to 30 for the 38th annual Firehouse Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center ( We're excited to be back in Columbus and to once again showcase all that the city has to offer. The city is protected by the world-class Columbus Division of Fire (CFD), and the department works hand in hand with surrounding cities, using a noborders approach to getting the closest fire and EMS resources to the scene as quickly as possible. In addition to the CFD, Firehouse is working with fire departments in Franklin County to provide handson training (HOT) and other educational opportunities. A variety of topics will be covered in dozens of HOT classes, pre-conference workshops and classroom sessions, from search and hoseline operations, to incident command and radio communications, to the latest in EMS technology and RIT. Key Event Highlights Include: HOT CLASSES Train alongside the best in the fire service at a Firehouse Expo Hands-on Training class. 2022 classes include: All Saws: Robert Faas, FOOLS International Down & Dirty Forcible Entry: Robert James, Capitol Fire Training LLC; Charley Hendry, Lieutenant, FDNY Special Operations Command Engine Company Ops: From The Science To The Street: Steve Robertson, Columbus Division of Fire; Keith Stakes, UL Fire Safety Research Institute Engine Company Tactics For Limited Staffing: Jonathan Hall, Saint Paul Fire Department Grain Bin Rescue Awareness: Andy Bauer, Ohio Fire Academy Live Fire: Tactics For Success With Limited Staffing: John Lewis, Passaic Fire Department Personal Ropes Skills: Ascending, Rapelling & Mid:Height Rescue: Dalan Zartman, Rescue Methods, LLC Live Fire: The Intelligently Aggressive Fireground: Andy Starnes, Insight Training LLC Tower Ladder And Aerial Placement: Chris Eysser, FDNY; Ken Ditata, FDNY; Will Hickey, FDNY Aerial Rescue In Trees: Evan Beck, Rescue Methods Can-Tanker-Ous Wisdom: The Art & Science Of Moving Water: Ed Collet, Ohio Fire Academy; Jeremy Keller, Ohio Fire Academy 60+ CONFERENCE SESSIONS + PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS This year’s Conference Program and Workshops feature a top lineup of fire service instructors from across the nation covering a broad variety of topics suitable for any level of experience. For a detailed overview of sessions, visit: https://www.firehouse

led to the successful rescue of more than 70 victims via interior stairwells and properly positioned aerials and ground ladders. He will provide his first-hand experiences as the IC for the tragic blaze, where valor and heroism happened over and over. SPECIAL SESSION: The Fire Family Often, firefighters have two separate families: the family who is at home and the family who is at the firehouse. As lifestyles change, both families are fighting for the attention of their firefighter, which creates increased stress for all parties, including the children. Join fire service veteran Todd Edwards and his wife, Kathy, as they bring their Fire Life Training program to Firehouse Expo to close out the week of firefighter education. The couple will focus on several principles for firefighters to employ in their effort to navigate their unique life, including the importance of having a marriage blueprint, developing effective communication and understanding the importance of compromise. They also will explain why it’s important to bring the family that’s at home and the family that’s at the station together and how to do that successfully. The two-hour interactive program on Friday, Sept. 30, is free of charge to firefighters and their spouses. REMEMBERING THE 343 The Firehouse Expo 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb returns to Huntington Park baseball stadium on Friday morning, Sept. 30. Join other firefighters, first responders and area residents who will honor the steps that were taken by FDNY’s fallen 343 while raising money to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation survivor support efforts. You can register as an individual, or we wholeheartedly encourage you to bring a team to take part in the symbolic climb. FELLOWSHIP, FUN & FOOD Join us for the second annual FireFest, which is sponsored by Columbus Fire Fighters Local 67. The event brings together Firehouse Expo attendees and Columbus firefighters for a great evening of fun, music, memorable conversations and the start of new friendships, building on the great time that we had at the inaugural FireFest in 2021. Hop a free shuttle from the Convention Center or navigate a scooter over to Station 67 for free food, terrific live music, and a chance to reconnect with old pals and to chat with friends you haven’t met yet. It’s an intimate event that provides a great view of downtown Columbus while everyone unwinds. This year’s FireFest takes place on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 1800 to 2100. and is free to all attendees and exhibitors.

IT’S FIVE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE After classroom sessions end on Wednesday and before “The Bronx Twin Parks Fire: Strategic and Tactical Considerations for BIG ROOM SESSION: The Bronx Twin Parks Fire Large-Scale Incidents” in the Big Room, join attendees and sponsors On Wednesday, September 28, learn about the heroism that was for a welcome reception on the exhibit floor, featuring more than 150 shown at the deadly Bronx tragedy in January 2022. Firehouse Expo exhibitors. Drinks and food will be provided as you make your way keynote speaker Frank Leeb will return to the big stage that evening around the show floor to talk about your equipment and technology to speak about the bravery that FDNY members displayed and to needs with exhibitors. Get full details on all of these activities and share the lessons learned from the massive fire that claimed 17 lives. more at Leeb, who was FDNY’s Citywide Tour Commander, took over as To register, visit incident commander (IC) upon his arrival. The session, “The Bronx Twin Parks Fire: Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Large-Scale Incidents,” begins after the “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” reception on the Firehouse Expo exhibit floor. Leeb will share how the department’s training and operating policies

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First PAC for Volunteer Firefighters/EMS in NYS...Continued from page 5 volunteer firefighters, need to have a strong unified voice, a voice that understands our needs and a voice that will accomplish much needed fire service bills. This PAC is not just for Long Island, it is for all of New York State. The LI Leg championed the EMS Cost Recovery Act, not for Long Island, but for the entire state. When you join a PAC, you are participating in the legislative process in a significant and impactful way. How do I join the Long Island Firefighters Legislative Committee PAC? To join our PAC is quite simple. You may mail in a check directly to our Treasurer John Dolezal at 85 Overlook Drive, Mastic, NY 11950, or you may call him at 631-484-6825. The check should be made out to: Long Island Firefighters Legislative Committee. A charter member may donate $100, or a regular member may donate $50. This is an opportunity for every volunteer firefighter and/or EMS member to be part of this PAC. Again, this is not just for Long Island, this is open to any volunteer firefighter and/or EMS member in New York State. As the first volunteer fire department PAC in the state, the success of this PAC will be dependent on our members throughout the State. The current volunteer fire

department/EMS membership is now at 80,000. Can you imagine how powerful our PAC will be with that amount of support? We are not the only ones who are donating to this PAC, we have and will continue to solicit organizations and businesses, who have shown their support for the volunteer fire departments/EMS. We would like to thank the Nassau and Suffolk Building Trades Association, FDNY and the Association of Municipal Employees (AME) Suffolk Union for their continued support and assistance. We will continue to talk to other business and civic organizations throughout the state to request their assistance and support. Our success will be achieved through teamwork around the state, so please consider this opportunity. Our first PAC fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall located at 3232 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh. The Notre Dame vs Ohio State football game will be on a huge wide

screen. The tickets are $85 per person which includes food and an open bar. There will be 50/50 tickets and more. Tee shirts and polo shirts will be for sale. You can meet the LI Leg Committee members, state legislators, who support our volunteer fire departments. You will learn about upcoming fire service-related bills that will be proposed in 2023. Be a part of something that is bigger than yourself and get involved in our first PAC fundraiser. Mark your calendar. See you there. If you are interested in becoming an integral part of our legislative process, please contact our LI Leg Treasurer, John Dolezal at 631-4846825 for more information. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Stay safe and keep healthy.

“Our first PAC fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Mulcahy's Pub.”

For a primer on the EMS Cost Recovery /Ambulance Billing FAQ (as of July 2022), go to

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Bellport Memorial Day Parade - Fire News photos by Tim Edwards

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Wantagh’s James Vinson

The chiefs, Board of Fire Commissioners, officers and members of Ladder 2 and the entire Wantagh Fire Department mourned the unexpected passing of ex-Captain James Vinson, Badge 1644 on July 5, 2022. He was 44-years old. James joined the Wantagh Fire Department on September 25, 1996, and was assigned to Engine 7. He quickly was accepted and found to be an eager firefighter. In April 2004 he transferred to Ladder 2 and began the transition from an engine company to a ladder company. On January 1, 2012 he was sworn in as Lieutenant and served for two years before being elected Captain of Ladder 2 for three years in 2017. During his time with the department, he served on many committees and was an EMT and Safety Officer. He received several awards including a Lifesaving Award and Chiefs Awards. Several years ago, he was asked to be a Department Secretary and tasked with the important job of coordinating and registering members for training opportunities After learning of James’ passing, many of his friends gathered at Station 2 and shared many stories about him. He was repeatedly described as a great friend, a selfless individual, respectful and genuine. He was a dedicated and valued member as well as a mentor to the younger members as they joined and assimilated into the department and he will truly be missed. A wake and department services were held at the Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh on July 7 and a Funeral Mass was held at Maria Regina RC Church in Seaford on July 8. Interment was at St Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale. James is survived by his mother, Ellen; sister, Jackie and her sons, Christopher, Charles and Colin. A funeral arch was set up the morning of the funeral in front of Station 2 by the Seaford and Levittown Fire Departments in honor of James. - Fire News photos by Harry Loud; story by Kevin Regan, PIO

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Nesconset’s Mark Little The Nesconset Fire Department on June 28, 2022, laid to rest Department Chaplain Mark Little. Mark was named Honorary Chief by the Board of Fire Commissioners and Chief’s Office, one of the highest honors the department can give. He was also Director for the South Region of the NYS Association of Fire Chaplains. Chaplain Mark Little was a 36-year member of the Nesconset Fire Department. He was 63. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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West Islip’s Mitch Lohan On July 1, 2022, members of the West Islip Fire Department laid to rest 38-year member, lifetime member, Raider, active Fire Commissioner and ex-Captain Mitch Lohan. Mitch was a great friend to many and his dedication to the department and to the community is impossible to express into words. We will miss his positive attitude that inspired many younger members. Rest in peace Captain Mitch Lohan. We’ll take it from here brother. He was 57. - Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone

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East Brentwood’s Edward J. Tully

Edward J. ‘Mickey’ Tully, Jr., of East Brentwood passed away on May 28, 2022, from lung cancer. He was 86-years old. A life-long resident of East Brentwood, Edward was born November 1, 1936, in Lakeview, NY, and moved to East Brentwood as an infant. Edward worked for the New York Telephone Company and its subsidiaries for 35 years, retiring as a lineman in 1991. Enthusiastic for the outdoors, he loved the beach, boating, fishing, camping and woodworking in his basement. An active member of the East Brentwood Fire Department for 68 years (joining on November 1, 1954), ex-Chief Tully also served as a Fire Commissioner for over 30 years and served as a Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator since 1986. He was an active member of the Suffolk and Nassau Counties Law Legislative Committee, the Islip Town Fire Chief's Association, the Islip Town Volunteer Fireman’s Association, the Suffolk County Fire Chief’s Association and served as the President of the Islip Town Firefighters Museum. Edward was the first recipient of the Frank Ombreski Gold Medal Memorial Fire Coordinator Award in 2015 and the recipient of the Suffolk County Fire Chief Award in 2011. He was preceded in death by his father Edward J. Tully, Sr., mother Bertha Tully (Johnson) and brother Robert M. Tully. Edward is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Tully (Silvar), brother Lawrence Wilson, daughter Robin Wessels (Peter), son Edward J. Tully, III (Michelle), grandchildren Jennifer Pratt (Richard), Jessica Tully, Sean Tully, Kelsey Raffensberger (Charlie), great grandchildren Stella Pratt and Rex Pratt, and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers family requests donations to the Islip Town Firefighters Museum, P.O. Box 674 Sayville, NY 11782. - Fire News photos by Tim Edwards