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Senator Phillips Honors Local 9th Battalion At First Responders Appreciation Night

 9th Battalion Westbury Carle Place Fire DepartmentSenator Elaine Phillips recently hosted the last First Responders Appreciation Night in her summer series of events honoring the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect residents in the 7th Senate District. Honorees included 9th Battalion members of the Westbury and Carle Place Fire Department.

 

“Our local volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel are the backbone of Long Island communities and we cannot thank them enough for their courageous service keeping our families safe,” Senator Phillips said. “While no amount of thanks can express the appreciation we have for our first responders, or underscore the important role they play in our communities, events such as this provide an opportunity to recognize those that go above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you to all the fellow first responders, family and friends who came out to support our local heroes during the events over the last few weeks.”

 

Westbury

Lt. Dominic Buffolino was honored for his recent actions at a working fire. Lt. Buffolino, along with local police officers pulled a victim out of a burning building.

 

Carle Place

Ex Chief Patrick Fitzgerald was honored for 50 years of service to the Carle Place Fire Department. Ex Chief Fitzgerald remains active in response to alarms and is dedicated in serving his department and community.

 

Firefighter George Mutari was honored for his 48 years as a member of the Carle Place Fire Department. FF Mutari is know be extremely active in response to alarms and serves his department and the Carle Place community.

 

This event concluded the 2018 series of Senator Phillips’ “First Responder Appreciation Nights.”

 

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Senator Phillips Honors Local 8th Battalion First Responders

8th Battalion First RespondersSenator Elaine Phillips recently hosted a First Responders Appreciation Night in Port Washington as part of her series of events honoring the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect residents in the 7th Senate District.

 

“Our local volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel are the foundation of our communities and we cannot thank them enough for their courageous service keeping our families safe,” Senator Phillips said. “While no amount of thanks can express the appreciation we have for our first responders, or underscore the important role they play in our communities, events such as this provide an opportunity to recognize those that go above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you to Chief Brian Vogeley and the Port Washington Fire Department for hosting – and to all first responders for your dedicated service.”

 

Honorees included 8th Battalion members of the Port Washington Fire Department, Albertson Fire Department, East Williston Fire Department, Great Neck Alert Hook & Ladder Fire Department, Great Neck Vigilant Fire Department, Williston Park Fire Department and Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department

 

Port Washington Fire Department

Port Washington Chief Brian Vogeley: “It is comforting to have a senator and more importantly a friend who truly cares about the volunteer fire and ems service within the district that she represents. We thank Senator Phillips for her continued support and look forward to working with her on future projects to help solidify the best fire and ems protection in Port Washington.”

 

John Olszweski is a 37-year member of the Port Washington Fire Department and an ex-captain and ex-President. Unfortunately, John lost his battle with cancer last week. The award was given posthumously to his family at the event.

 

Beverly Reese is an ex-President and Charter member of Fire Medic Co #1 and Department Steward.

 

Albertson Fire Department

Albertson Fire Chief Joel Melamed: “With all the attacks on our institutions, it’s refreshing to be recognized by our political leadership for the contributions that the volunteer firefighters bring to our community. Thank you Senator Phillips for everything you do to help us in our mission to keep the community safe.”

 

Ex-Chief John Clarke has served the Williston Park FD for over 44 yrs. During that time he also served our country as a United States Marine. He served the department as Lieutenant, Captain, and Warden of Hook and Ladder C0 #2.

 

Ex-Emergency Rescue Squad Capt. William Batterson has served in the department for over 20 years and currently serves as Secretary to the Rescue Squad and is the PCR quality improvement officer. His countless hours of dedication and service to the department is an example for all our members to aspire to.

 

Great Neck Alert

Great Neck Alert Fire Chief Carlos Galla: “As Chairman, Mike Green has helped his company for over twenty years. His unparalleled dedication to our company and community is truly notable. I’d also like to recognize Former-Chief James Neubert’s commitment which goes back to his childhood as he followed in the footsteps of his father, Robert Neubert”

 

Michael Green is a 40-year member of the department who has been devoted to helping people his entire life. He currently a Bay Constable for the Town of North Hempstead and was a Correctional Officer for 26 years. Mike is a trustee and the Chairman of the board for the Great Neck Alert Fire Department.

 

Ex-Chief James Neubert, who followed in the footsteps of his father by becoming a fire chief, has over 30 years over active service to the department. He has been to thousands of incidents over these years. James has held offices with the Nassau County Fire Commission, along with having held the position as Chairman of the 8th Battalion.

 

Great Neck Vigilant

Great Neck Vigilant Fire Chief: “We’re honored to recognize David Bloomgarden and Kenneth Sperber for their many years of service to the residents of Great Neck. Both David and Kenneth served in numerous roles throughout our department and played a vital role in support of our mission to keeping our community safe. I’d also like to thank Senator Phillips for acknowledging the efforts of our department and the greater volunteer firefighting community.”

 

Ken Sperber has served the Great Neck community for nearly 18 years and currently serves as the Sergeant of the Fire Police since 2010 and Vice President since 2016 of the Vigilant Fire Company and a Trustee of the Vigilant Exempt Association, to which he recently was elected after service as the financial secretary since 2015.

 

David Bloomgarden joined the Vigilant Fire Company nearly 50 years ago after moving into a home around the corner from the firehouse. David was one of the first Emergency Medical Technicians and Advanced Medical Technicians in the Fire Company and has been recognized a number of times for outstanding medical care during EMS calls and recently received a county recognition for his commitment to the Great Neck Community.

 

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Chief Brian Stone: “On behalf of the Chief’s office, we want to thank Senator Phillips for her continued support of the volunteer fire service and for giving us the opportunity to honor those within our department that go above and beyond what is expected.”

 

Captain Sean Dolan joined the department in 2007 and has served as the Company Secretary, as a Lieutenant and was elected to Company Captain in March 2017. Sean has been an active member and can always be found training newer members.

 

Taylor L. Ferreira joined the department’s Ambulance Unit in October 2016 and quickly became one of the unit’s most active members. By March 2017 Taylor had become a New York State Emergency Medical Technician.

 

East Williston Fire Department

Robert Batterson joined the East Williston Fire Department in 2013 and spends countless hours as a volunteer Engineer working to insure that apparatus and equipment is working order.

 

Thomas Delaporte joined the department in 1992 and served as Chief and as a Commissioner. He has been an active member of the department for 26 years and has served as Chairman of the 8th Battalion for the Nassau County Fire Commission.

 

Williston Park Fire Department

Williston Park Fire Chief John Perro Jr: “It was an honor to be here to give these awards to our members John Clarke and William Batterson. They both served many years in the department and set a standard all our members can aspire to.”

 

Ex Chief John Clarke has served the Williston Park FD for over 44 years and has also served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

William Batterson has been a member of the Williston Park Fire Department for 20 years and rose to the rank of Assistant Chief.

 

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Senator Phillips Honors Local 5th Battalion First Responders

5th Battalion First RespondersSenator Elaine Phillips recently hosted a First Responders Appreciation Night in Roslyn as part of her series of events honoring the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect residents in the 7th Senate District.

 

“Local volunteer firefighters are the foundation of our Long Island communities and we cannot thank them enough for their selfless, dedicated service to keeping our families safe,” Senator Phillips said. “While no amount of thanks can express the appreciation we have for our first responders, or underscore the important role they play in our communities, events such as this provide an opportunity to recognize those that go above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you to the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department and Chief Esteban Varela for hosting the event and to all our first responders for your commitment and dedicated service.”

 

Honorees included 5th Battalion members of the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department and Roslyn Rescue Hook and Ladder.

 

“I’d like to thank and commend all our first responders who leave their families in the middle of the night to keep our community safe. The sacrifices they make for the betterment of their neighbors is truly noble,” Chief Esteban Varela Jr. of Roslyn Highlands said. “Furthermore, I’d like to extend my deepest appreciation and gratitude to Senator Phillips for always having our department and its members’ back.”

 

“Thank you to all our members for their untiring dedication and efforts to the protection and wellbeing of our local residents. I would like to especially thank the two honorees who served overseas for their country and came back ready to serve their community,” Chief Eric Lippe of Roslyn Rescue Hook & Ladder said. “I’d also like to acknowledge and thank Senator Phillips for everything she’s done to care for and support our department and its members.”

 

The honorees included:

 

Roslyn Highlands

Ex Chief Frank Sokolski joined the Roslyn Highlands Fire Company in October 1952 and was recognized earlier this year for 65 years of service. During his years of service he has been an EMT, fire company trustee, past recipient of the Firefighter of the Year award, and an active member in many firematic organizations. On October 25, 1963 he was injured in the line of duty at a brush fire on Flamingo Road in East Hills. Sokolski comes from a firefighting family and all three of his sons are members of the Roslyn Highlands Fire Company. Chief Sokolski served in the United States Navy and worked for the Nassau County Fire Marshall’s Office as an arson investigator. Sokolski also worked for the Grumman Aircraft engineering Corporation most notably on their lunar modules, which deposited Astronaut Neil Armstrong and all those that followed him on the moon.

 

Ex Chief Carmen Ceriello joined Roslyn Highlands September 1952 and completed more than 60 years of active service in the Roslyn Highlands Fire Company. In 1962, while serving as Chief, Carmen Ceriello was injured in the line of duty at a house fire in Old Westbury. In recent years, Ceriello has remained active in various firematic organizations including the North Shore Fire Council. Outside Roslyn Highlands, Ceriello completed service in the US Army.

 

Roslyn Rescue

Perry Naviasky joined Roslyn Rescue in 2010 and left to serve his country in the Marines from 2013-2017. Perry is very active and values training and mentoring the younger/newer members. He is involved in the Retention and Recruitment Committee, assisting the Chiefs with maintaining the Training Office

 

Cole Muttee’s service began in 2009 and he left to serve his country as a Marine from 2013-2017. Cole currently serves as an EMS Lieutenants and is an active member of the Fire Company assisting the Fire Company numerous times with committees involving new EMS responder vehicles.

 

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