Supervisor Anthony J. Santino honored Hempstead Town’s “Bravest” during the annual Firematic Awards Ceremony held at Town Hall. The Town of Hempstead’s annual Firematic Awards Ceremony honored a group of first responders for acts of heroism, years of dedication and other commendable achievements in the arena of fire service.
“First responders embrace their roles as those who put their lives on the line to save the lives of others,” Santino said. “Though we’re here tonight to salute members who have been nominated for recognition by their fire departments, we are also indebted to all of the brave men and women who give up their time to protect the safety and wellness of their fellow neighbors.”
Firematic Service Award recipients represented the communities of Baldwin, Bellerose, East Rockaway, Inwood, Levittown, Mineola, Rockville Centre, Uniondale and Wantagh. The recipients were recognized for exemplary service to their fellow neighbors and their communities. Some were recognized for heroic rescues and courageous deeds, while others were saluted for decades of service to their respective departments and communities.
The 2017 Town of Hempstead Firematic Award Recipients:
- Honorary Chief Norman Abrams of the Baldwin Fire Department has dedicated more than 71 years to fire service in Nassau County, and has served as a member of the First Aid and Rescue Squads for the Baldwin Fire Department since 1953. He continues to serve as a dedicated educator of up and coming firefighters.
- Peter Varol has been a member of the Bellerose Fire Department for the past 25 years. During that time, he has twice served as Department President, and is currently the Senior Safety Officer and liaison to the Fire Chief’s Council of Nassau County Safety Officer Association.
- Using the lifesaving overdose drug, Narcan, Firefighters Josiyah Green and Edward Barnett of the Inwood Fire Department saved the life of an infant who had ingested a narcotic left out in the open.
- Serving three terms as Chief of the East Rockaway Fire Department, Ex-Chief Elvie Hickam has provided his community with top-notch leadership and versatility as a first responder with experience in both medical and fire response.
- Responding to a medical emergency, Firefighter/EMT Kristen Fourquet, Firefighter/EMT Brandon Fourquet, Firefighter/EMT Kyle Stephens and Fire Medic Lisa Fourquet of the Levittown Fire Department helped a patient struggling to breathe after what appeared to be liver failure. The crew administered CPR and other treatments to keep the patient breathing in the ambulance. The patient’s condition was stabilized and experienced a full recovery.
- While a bee sting can be a nuisance to some, it can be deadly to those who are allergic. Ex-Chief Kenneth Rochon of the Levittown Fire Department encountered a victim suffering from anaphylactic shock as a result of a bee sting. Rochon administered an epi-pen injection to the victim and was successful in saving the victim’s life.
- Firefighter Mathew W. Sanderleafof the Mineola Fire Department grew up watching his dad as a volunteer for the Elmont Fire Department. Though he didn’t immediately become a firefighter when he became an adult, he ultimately followed through on his childhood dream and became a firefighter at the age of 51. He is an invaluable asset in the Mineola Fire Department, serving as Recording Secretary and as a member of the Color Guard and the Anniversary Committee.
- Honorary Chief Robert Dunwoodyof the Rockville Centre Fire Department has served since 1972, first as an EMT, then as a lieutenant and now as a captain. Known as a walking encyclopedia of firefighting and Rockville Centre knowledge, Honorary Chief Dunwoody remains active as an interior firefighter and helps share his experience to younger members of the department.
- While watching his son's lacrosse game, Ex-Chief Cameron Peek of the Uniondale Fire Department sprang into action when a fellow spectator went into cardiac arrest. Making use of the park's AED and his years of CPR training, Peek was able save the man's life.
- Chief James Bloomfield of the Wantagh Fire Department’sdedication to the department and community is unparalleled, having been an integral member of the department since 1996. Assigned to Ladder 1, it's only fitting that the Chief was the "one" to climb the Wantagh Fire Department’s ladder of leadership and dedication.
“I am proud to honor these first responders for their bravery, heroism, dedication and commitment in serving and protecting the residents of our great township,” concluded Santino.