WBAB’s First Responder Fridays

WBAB’s First Responder Fridays 

Posted: 11:17 am Thursday, October 20th, 2016

By Joe Rock

WBAB’s Joe Rock will be recognizing Long Island First Responders every Friday.


We’re asking YOU to nominate a First Responder and give us the opportunity to shine a light on them and the good work that they do.


Brought to you by King O’Rourke Buick, GMC & King O’Rourke Cadillac

 



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Thanks to those serving Long Island and to their families for the sacrifices they make.

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Kevin Erbe

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 21st 2018 Kevin Erbe

Kevin is an EMT and volunteer firefighter in Lindenhurst.  These obligations are taken with the utmost commitment as he responds to calls 7 days a week regardless of what he is doing.  Even on his down time he is always vigilant and the first to drop everything and assist when he sees a collision, person with a medical crisis, or even to lend a hand (at concerts) when people have partied too much!  He ALWAYS sacrifices his own relaxation, pleasure and safety to prioritize others.  He is the most unbelievably modest and selfless man, Long Island is a better place to live for having him here.”

Kevin thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Patrick Ryder

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 14th 2018 Patrick Ryder

Patrick is 2018’s Man of the Year for the Global Foundation for First Responders. Patrick J. Ryder was named Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department by County Executive Laura Curran in February 2018. He recently completed his 34th year in law enforcement, serving the last 32 years with the Nassau County Police Department.

Commissioner Ryder began his distinguished law enforcement career with the New York Police Department on January 4, 1984 in the 79th Precinct. He joined the NCPD on July 18, 1986 and was assigned to the Third Precinct (Car 315). In 1988, he joined the Department’s prestigious Bureau of Special Operations (BSO), where he remained until he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1995. He was then assigned to the Fifth
Precinct until 1997 when he was designated a Detective Sergeant and assigned to the Eighth Squad. In 2000, he was assigned to the Asset Forfeiture Bureau and served as Deputy Commanding Officer until 2008 when he was designated the Commanding Officer of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit.

As Commanding Officer of the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence Unit, Commissioner Ryder proactively implemented a number of life-saving programs and initiatives that helped ensure officer and public safety. These include the NCPD’s Real-Time Intelligence (RTI) system, which has interactive touch screen monitors designed to share finished intelligence products throughout the intelligence community; the R.E.A.C.H. Program, a registry that ensures law enforcement has vital information available to them should a
person with a cognitive impairment go missing; the Civilian Intelligence Analyst Program; the DNA Collection Initiative; and the creation of the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Think Tank, and the Department’s Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team (CIRRT), which utilizes intelligence-led policing to combat crime. Together these initiatives have brought crime in Nassau County to historic lows, allowing residents to enjoy one of the
lowest crime rates in the United States.

Commissioner Ryder has a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Management from Long Island University – Riverhead Campus. He is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Intelligence-Led Policing at Nassau Community College and taught at Dowling College until 2015. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for Criminal Justice at SUNY Farmingdale and is a Counter-Terrorism Lecturer at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. Commissioner Ryder is a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services-Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, a New York State Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and has clearance with the FBI’s New York Field Office. He has also been deputized as an IRS Criminal Investigator. Additionally, he has trained members of law enforcement agencies from Egypt, Tajikistan, Tunisia, South Africa, and Turkey.

He and his wife Jill have been married for 28 years and have three children: Liam, Sean, and Meghan.

Patrick thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Janet Ambrisco

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 7th 2018 Janet Ambrisco

Janet is 2018’s Woman of the Year for the Global Foundation for First Responders. Special Agent Janet Ambrisco is a twenty year veteran of the FBI having joined in May of 1997. She is currently assigned to the Counterterrorism Division and is a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Janet has worked since September 2005 as an airport liaison agent at John F. Kennedy International Airport specializing in aviation security matters. She investigates crimes as far ranging as bomb threats, interference with flight crews and terrorism threats. Janet coordinates with the National Transportation Safety Board on
NYC aircraft disasters.

Janet is a subject matter expert on threats posed by unmanned aerial systems (UAS), i.e. drones. She is a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s UAS Threat working Group. She has conducted presentations to a large portion of the NYC law enforcement community, including local, federal and international partners at the United Nations. Additionally, she has assisted a number of local sporting associations to secure major events, including Superbowl XLVIII, the Belmont Stakes and the US Open.

She has received numerous awards and commendations for her work within the FBI. She was the FBI Employee of the Month for March 1999. In 2011, Janet was awarded the Tom Ridge Homeland Security Award for the capture and successful prosecution of a 1968 airline hijacker who was on the run from the FBI for nearly 40 years. She has received a FBI Citation for Special Achievement in 2016. Janet was honored in
2018 by the Peace Islands Institute of New York for her law enforcement accomplishments and devotion to an intercultural dialogue.

Janet was born in Upstate New York where she earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting with a minor in finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her career as a Certified Public Accountant working with Ernst & Young in Buffalo, NY and was steadily promoted to the rank of Manager. As a result of her specialized experience in Health Care accounting, she became the Director of Corporate
Accounting for a multi-state health care agency and oversaw all the accounting operations which were located throughout five states. During her first eight years at the FBI, Janet investigated Health Care Fraud in the NYC area. Her case work resulted in convictions of some of NYC largest health institutions and financial recoveries
of nearly $15 million in Medicare and Medicaid funds.

In addition to her case work, Janet has volunteered as the coordinator of the NY FBI Explorers since 2004 where she has overseen the mentorship of over 300 NYC youth who have participated in the FBI program. Janet serves as a member of the NYC Explorer Program committee where she organizes annual programs for hundreds of NYC explorers. Since 2003, Janet has also volunteered at the National Explorer Conferences and Leadership Academies where she teaches leadership skills to students around the nation. SA Ambrisco has received numerous awards for her volunteer work with the explorers, including NYC Advisor of the Year and the 2009 Attorney General’s Volunteer Award. Additionally, Janet volunteers with her church’s baptismal team and was recognized by the Community Mayors Inc. as an honorary Community Mayor for her volunteer work with physically challenged children.

Janet thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Samantha Datre

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 31st 2018 Samantha Datre

Samantha was nominated by her sister Angela Datre who said “Back in 2012 my sister Samantha began her first responder journey as a volunteer EMT.  Now, six years later at 28 years old, she is lieutenant of the Wantagh Fire Department and a full-time paramedic for the Long Beach Fire Department. She’s seen a lot and remains strong and full of patience and empathy regardless of the situation. Earlier this year she delivered a baby on the side of the Southern State Parkway with her fellow responders from the Wantagh Fire Department. She wakes up all hours of the night to answer calls and I’m so proud of her for dedicating her life to help the community.”

Samantha thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Alex Calabro

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 24th 2018 Alex Calabro

Alex was nominated by his mother Cathy Pugh who said “Alex has volunteered since he was 15. By 18 he was an EMT. By 19 he was a critical care EMT. While getting his degree at SBU he became a paramedic and currently works for Stony Brook Hospital and Sayville Ambulance Corps. Alex has saved countless lives, leaving to go on calls in the middle of the night after only an hour of sleep to go help someone in need. He is an amazing young man who makes us proud each and every day. He deserves to be recognized for his selfless acts of kindness with each person he helps physically and emotionally. He sees people at their most vulnerable and reassures them that he will help them no matter what. He is a true hero.”

Alex thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Joseph Manno

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 17th 2018 Joseph Manno

Joseph was nominated by his sister Janet who said “My brother has always been my hero, but it goes way beyond that.  Joe recently retired from the Air Force after 35 years and three tours serving in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is a trained EMT and rode an ambulance for many years. Joe also has been a member of the Lindenhurst Fire department since moving back to his home town 22 years ago. On Saturday night, 6/23 while at the Skynyrd concert, a kid passed out and hit the concrete and broke his nose and tore open his face, my brother was the first person on the spot to help his fellow concert goer.  Joe was a single dad and now his son is part of the the US Navy. Joe always taught his kids to give back as he has done his whole life and by setting the example has raised two responsible adults.   I cannot think of a better person to be honored as there are many stories not mentioned.”

Joseph thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Greg Nastasi

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 10th 2018 Greg Nastasi

Greg was nominated by his father Rich who said, “Greg is 27 and has dedicated himself to helping others in need.  First as a Smithtown firefighter and EMT, then as an FDNY EMT working both at dispatch and on an ambulance, and now, having donated his long hair to Locks of Love and graduated the academy, as an FDNY firefighter.  A regular blood and platelet donor, Greg is also on the Bone Marrow Registry and was recently told that he might be a match for someone in need of a transplant, when asked if he’s still willing to donate, his answer was “tell me where to be and I’m there.”  I’m so proud to call him my son.”

Greg thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Shelby Mingst

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 3rd 2018 Shelby Mingst

Shelby Mingst of the Bethpage Fire Department was nominated by her friend Carly Burn who said “She decided to become an EMT to help the community, like how her late grandfathers once needed. She takes great pride in doing what she does and always adding to her training to either better herself or learn something new. There’s no one else I would trust with my life or in the back of an ambulance with.”

Shelby thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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Scott Johnston

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for July 27th 2018 Scott Johnston

Scott was nominated by his uncle Jimmy Healey who said “Scott Johnston has been a 30 year member of the Levittown Fire department as well as a 22 year member of The NYPD, not to mention the proud dad of 7 daughters. Scott has had a recent diagnosis of Metastatic melanoma cancer. He is a tireless volunteer who has never shied away from giving back to his community . He truly deserves to be recognized.”

Scott thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks we have a $100 Visa gift card for you courtesy of King O’Rourke Cadillac, Buick, GMC.

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John Quaranto

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for July 20th 2018 John Quaranto

John was nominated by his brother Billy who said “John has served as a United States Federal Marshal for the last 30 years as well as a volunteer firefighter for the Hewlett FD for over 30 years. John’s duties included protecting Supreme Court Justices, protecting airports after 9/11, dealing with the Mafia and MS 13 as well as traveling the world to transport criminals. Locally he has served the Fire Dept as a 3 level Chief and trains the JR’s as well as drives the Ambulance. He will be retired from his job on 6/28 and to be recognized would be an honor.”

John thanks for all you do for the community.

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Michael Kilbridge

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for July 13th 2018 Michael Kilbridge

Michael was nominated by his sister Diana Kilbridge who said “My brother has been a volunteer firefighter for East Farmingdale Fire Company for more than 35 years. He has sacrificed Christmas’s. Thanksgiving’s and birthdays to serve the community of Long Island. More than having been chief he has lead by example. His sons followed him in the service of community as well. Tradition needs to be celebrated here as well.
Husband, Father, Brother, Leader, Chief, Friend, FIREFIGHTER..A REAL GOOD MAN ! I Love Him and want to say thank you for being my hero.”

Michael thanks for all you do for the community.

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Patrick Sweeney

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for July 6th 2018 Patrick Sweeney

Patrick was nominated by his wife Juli who said “This July he will be in the Central Islip fire department for 43 years and with Central Islip Hauppauge ambulance for 26 years. He will help a neighbor if they need him. He just enjoys doing what he’s doing.”

Patrick thanks for all you do for the community.

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Jack Kovalsky

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for June 29th 2018 Jack Kovalsky

Jack was nominated by his mother Rebecca Matteo who said “My son Jack is a volunteer A-EMT for Huntington Community First Aid Squad as well as a paid one for multiple departments across the Island. He has won many awards and citations for his work in the field whether it be for the 5 children he has delivered or his CPR save awards. He is in charge of ordering all the supplies for his dept and spends at least 24 hours a week volunteering. He never expects anything in return except his own self fulfillment. I believe he deserves to be honored because my son goes above and beyond week in and out leaving the table at dinner or doing multiple overnights a week to help people. He loves it and everyone he helps.”

Jack thanks for all you do for the community.

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Captain Anthony Garcia Jr

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for June 22nd 2018 Captain Anthony Garcia Jr

Anthony was nominated by his girlfriend Holly who said “Anthony is one of the most dedicated EMTs I know. He works in 3 different EMS agencies in the third division as well as volunteering over 30 hours a week at his local EMS agency. He joined Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance as a youth squad member and has climbed the ranks and is currently a Captain there.  He hopes to one day be a paramedic and a police officer. He also received honorable mention as Suffolk County BLS provided of the year”.

Anthony thanks for all you do for the community.

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John Ash

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for June 15th 2018 John Ash

John is the recipient the Red Cross Humanitarian Hero award for 2018. He is a retired detective who served 27 years with the Nassau County Police Department, is a dedicated humanitarian with an extraordinary career helping others after local and international crises. His relief work began in 2000 and has since taken him to far-reaching emergencies across the globe. This includes work in Nigeria, Zambia, Jamaica, Afghanistan and Mexico. Locally after Superstorm Sandy, Ash supported relief and recovery efforts across NYC and Long Island.

John thanks for all you do for the community.


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William J Merrins

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for June 8th 2018 William J Merrins

Will was nominated by his friend and brother firefighter Alex McAslan who said “Will is not only a volunteer at Farmingdale FD but also a captain at Battalion 35 FDNY EMS, a paramedic for Melville FD, Paramedic for East Farmingdale FD and many other things. He’s a great father, husband, and friend! He’s very active and helps all he can. Will is by far a well deserving first responder and I’m glad to be able to call him a brother!”

Will thanks for all you do for the community.

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Brian Farrell

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for June 1st 2018 Brian Farrell

Brian was nominated by one of our past honorees Shawn Eckert who said “In the days after 9-11-01 Brian and his family started the Terry Farrell Firefighters fund which takes surplus equipment donations and gives it to departments in need. Brian is very active with this and continues to work very hard to keep equipment coming in and going right out. This fund is a worthy cause and run by all volunteers. Brian is also a Wantagh Firefighter for over 10 years.”

Brian thanks for all you do for the community.

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Robert Saenz

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for May 25th 2018 Robert Saenz

Robert was nominated by his friend Robert Bilella who said “Robert Saenz did 20 years in the United States Navy. 21 years in the West Islip Fire Department.  Lieutenant  in the Ems squad. 17 years in the NYPD . 9-11 first responder.”

Robert thanks for all you do for the community.

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Matthew Sisinni

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for May 18th 2018 Matthew Sisinni

Matthew was nominated by his wife Mary who said “Matthew has been an EMT volunteer for over 18 years doing the overnights, standbys, teaches CPR and First Aid at HCFAS Squad and Rescue at Melville Fire Dept. He’s been with MFD for over 5 years. He stops coming home from work to help people who are involved in car accidents, he is totally an unsung here. Some of the stories are heartbreaking but he is there to help. He always says when he gets hurt. “I need to suck it up cupcake.” He is the best rescue hero I know, because I too am an EMT volunteer. Please nominate him. He works his butt off in the city doing blueprinting and then comes home taking care of 2 communities and covers for a lot of people when they need coverage. God bless WBAB and thank you.”

Matthew thanks for all you do for the community.

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Steven Tringali

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for May 11th 2018 Steven Tringali

Steven was nominated by his father Steven who said “My son Steven is 23 and is extremely committed to helping those in need. He is always on call and volunteers at multiple ambulance groups as a paramedic.  He is 3rd chief of Hampton Bays ambulance, he is a paramedic in Manorville and East Northport.  His dedication is paramount to his service. Thank you.”

Steven thanks for all you do for the community.

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Joe Rosadio

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for May 4th 2018 Joe Rosadio

Joe was nominated by his former partner Alex McAslan who said “Chief Joe Rosadio is a prior US Army combat medic, current assistant chief of Islip Terrace FD, Paramedic first responder for Ronkonkoma FD, and others. Joe has been through it all and still gives all he has. Joe and I may be 800+ miles away from each other but I always feel like he’s still right there as my EMS partner.”

Joe thanks for all you do for the community.

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Jayson Olivo

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for April 27th 2018 Jayson Olivo

Jason was nominated by his father Jay who said “100 words are not enough to describe how proud I am of Jayson being a first responder. Jayson is from Lindenhurst and volunteers his time in Wyandanch. As an EMT for the past 5 years, his excellence has been recognized by his peers, the county and received an award for most calls attended. He has performed CPR, treated shooting, stabbings, violence victims and saved lives in the process. He exemplifies the words service to others by performing his duties without the desire for pay or recognition. In April he will start his service to the country in the US Navy.”

Jayson thanks for all you do for the community.

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Scott and Kerry Schneider

Today’s First Responder Friday

honorees for April 20th 2018 Kerry and Scott Schneider

Kerry and Scott were nominated by fellow firefighter Bob schindler who said “Scott and Kerry Schneider are deserving of this award because they voluntarily give so much to our department. Scott is a lieutenant and runs the junior program. Kerry his wife is EMS Lieutenant and also runs the junior program. Together this team teaches our young recruits how to become Firefighters. This couple is such a great example of teamwork and knowledge to our juniors and senior members and would never ask for anything in return, that is why I ask that you recognize them. They give so much of their time to others that a night out together honoring their dedication to Seatauket Fire Department would be so appreciated. There is not enough space to tell you all the reasons this couple should be honored but I hope you will consider them. Thank you.”

Kerry and Scott thanks for all you do for the community.

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Shawn Eckert

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for April 13th 2018 Shawn Eckert

Shawn was nominated by Brian Farrell who said “Shawn has been a Wantagh firefighter for over 20 years. In his free time, when not raising his son or working full time for the County of Nassau, he spends 20 hours a week volunteering for the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund based in Bethpage. He is a hard working man who is humble and never seeks the limelight but is always available to help others.I can not think of another first responder on Long Island who deserves this more!”

Shawn thanks for all you do for the community.

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Brendan Gould

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for April 6th 2018 Brendan Gould

Brendan was nominated by his cousin Donna Martino who said “Brendan is a NYC Police Officer. He always respected the military & the police dept; his dad was NYPD. Brendan joined the volunteer fire dept when he lived at home with his parents. He started his career in a different profession but was unsatisfied with just a career; he felt the need to serve others. Brendan is a devoted family man and is a dedicated public servant.”

Brendan thanks for all you do for the community.

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Lieutenant Michael Davidson

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for March 30th 2018 Lieutenant Michael Davidson

Lieutenant Michael Davidson of The FDNY was laid to rest earlier this week after giving his life in the line of duty. He was promoted to Lieutenant posthumously.

Lieutenant Davidson we honor you for your service and your sacrifice. 

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Michael Spalletta

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for March 23rd 2018 Michael Spalletta 

Michael was nominated by his father Robert who said “21 years old, in Amityville FD, since 17 Copiague and FDNY JR since 15. Graduated FDNY EMT Academy and now working professionally as a public servant.”

Michael thanks for all you do for the community.

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Marie Volpe

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for March 16th 2018 Marie Volpe

Marie was nominated by Ron Starke who said “On March 13th 2016 I was hit head on by a drunk driver while on my way home from work while riding my motorcycle.  Lucky for me the car right behind the car that hit me had a registered nurse in it and she and her husband jumped on the scene until the first responders got there.  Marie was on scene to take over and handle the situation at hand. At time of arrival I was bleeding severely up on my left leg.  Marie was able to keep me from bleeding out.  She along with other members of the Port Jefferson EMS team were on top of the situation and successfully transported me to Stony Brook University Hospital.  If not for Marie and crew I would most certainly have died. She kept me engaged in conversation the whole time since I was conscious while being attended to.  In November 2017 I got to once again meet Marie under totally different circumstances when she stopped by my shop. We spoke for the first time since the accident. Not only is she a true professional at what she does, she is also an incredible person.  In addition to Port Jefferson EMS she also works for the Coram Fire District as well as the Rocky Point Fire Dept.
It is with GREAT pleasure that I nominate Marie Volpe as First Responder of the week.”

Marie thanks for all you do for the community.

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Steven Holzwarth

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for March 9th 2018 Steven Holzwarth

Steven was nominated by his uncle Mark Holzwarth who said “My nephew Steven is not only a member of the East Farmingdale Fire Department he also works full time for the North Lindenhurst Fire Department as a first responder working countless hours he also has been awarded the Suffolk County hero award for bravery on more than one occasion, putting the lives of the town Babylon ahead of his own. I am proud to call this young man my nephew.”

Steven thanks for all you do for the community.

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Artie Surrey

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for March 2nd 2018 Artie Surrey

Artie was nominated by Todd Cohen who said “Artie has been an active and dedicated member of the Mastic Beach FD for over 10 years. He has always been there for his neighbors as well as his five children. A lifelong resident of Long Island, Artie is now in need of help. He has developed polycstic kidney disease and is need of a kidney transplant. Artie has been there for us, hopefully now someone can assist Artie with that Kidney. Please consider Artie for First Responders Friday. Potential donors are under 60 with O+ or O- blood and in good health. Thank you”

Artie thanks for all you do for the community.

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Robert Myslik

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for February 23rd 2018 Robert Myslik

Robert was nominated by his father who said “My son became a first responder as a student than and EMT along with myself in 2014. He had his first cardiac arrest save while still a student! He then had a second one earlier this year, some never see one. He is only 20 but “I still want to be like him when I grow up”. He wants to be a police officer too. He currently at Shirley Ambulance.”

Robert thanks for all you do for the community.

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Lenny DePaul

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for February 16th 2018 Lenny DePaul

Lenny was nominated by his wife Ellie who said “Chief Inspector/Commander U. S. Marshal Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force (retired).  He was the Commander of the largest Fugitive Task Force in the world from its inception post 911, He Hunted violent fugitives for the past 3 decades, Terrorists, murderers, rapists, drug runners etc., now a TV personality, Hunting Hitler (History Channel), Hunted (CBS), Manhunters Fugitive Task Force (A&E) to name a few.”

As a way of saying thanks for all he does for the community Lenny will get a pair of tickets for a tribute show to First Responders by The Lords of 52nd Street at The Space at Westbury on February 23rd.

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honoree for February 9th 2018 Paul Flockhart

Paul was nominated by his friend Anthony Pope who said “If there is anyone who deserves to be honored, it’s my friend Paul. Not only did serve our great county in the US Navy and National Guard, he continues to serve as a Suffolk County Police Officer. His hard work and dedication makes me feel safe. When he isn’t out keeping the streets safe, he  dedicates his time at home to his beautiful wife Rachel and 2 beautiful daughters Kayley & Molly. They are lucky to have a man like him to call their father & husband. I’m honored to have Paul as friend who I call my family. Thank you!!!”

Paul thanks for all you do for the community.

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Daniel Joseph Dooley

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for February 2nd 2018 Daniel Joseph Dooley

Danny was nominated by his sister Jennifer Henderson who said “My brother Danny is a survivor and a hero.  He was at The Towers prior to them collapsing.  He was helping with evacuations.  He witnessed things that are too horrible to mention and still has nightmares about it.  When the 1st building was falling, my brother ran towards a fire truck.  People were running near him. He  grabbed many and pushed them under the fire truck with him.  There were 13 people in total.  All civilians.  When the crashing subsided he stood up. He was blinded by how white the world became, he was blinded because his eyes didn’t want to see what was.  Yet he went on to help, by himself, all 13 people that were with him.  He spent the next 3 days at Ground Zero without a break, then a day off and the next 30 days he spent there again.  My brother is just 48, was 31 at the time.  He is young and a  Father, a  loving family member and just a kid who wanted to grow up and be like his Dad, a NYC Firefighter.  My brother is  dying from 9-11 related poison that filled the air.  My brothers life will be be short. The time that is here now is spent with medical expenses, pain, doctors appointment, and a lot of trouble breathing, massive health ailments. He  does fundraising events on Long Island to help with the youth and he goes to a different state every year to visit with ill children and help in any way he can. Danny remained with the Fire Department until 2009.  He fell from a burning apartment into the apartment below him and broke several bones in his neck at which time the Fire Department retired him  against his wishes.  He is my hero. He is Daniel Joseph Dooley.”

Danny thanks for all you do for the community.

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Reverend John G. Fleischmann

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for January 26th 2018 Reverend John G. Fleischmann

Reverend Fleischmann was nominated by Sherri O’Sullivan who said “I nominate Rev. John G. Fleischmann for outstanding Paramedic. He is Pastor of Christ Church East Moriches, Chaplain and active Member of Center Moriches Fire Department, Police Chaplain For Southampton Town Police, Member of the American Legion for Critical Incident and Stress  Management/Crisis Intervention just to name a few.  He is caring, professional, funny and a great guy.”

Reverend Fleischmann thanks for all you do for the community.

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John Kuban

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for January 19th 2018 John Kuban

John works for South Country Ambulance is also affiliated with East Moriches Community Ambulance, and Patchogue Ambulance. He was nominated by his friend Rich Franklin who said “John is an EMT for multiple fire/EMS houses in Suffolk. Just about a year ago John received a kidney transplant after years of battling Kidney disease and kidney failure. I am John’s life long friend and his kidney donor. Not even a year after the surgery john is back doing what he loves. Helping and saving others!”

John thanks for all you do for the community.

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Bobby Delagi

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for January 12th 2018 Bobby Delagi

Bobby was nominated by his father Robert who said “Bobby Delagi exemplifies the spirit of the fire service each and every day. He is a career airport rescue firefighter and EMT with Long Island MacArthur Airport who also volunteers with the Islip FD, holding the title of Ex-Captain. He consistently demonstrates his dedication to the service as one of the top responders over the last 13 years. In addition to emergency response duties, Bobby serves as staff to the Islip Fire District, and to the Department, as a Chief’s Aid, assisting with many administrative tasks. The fire service is his vocation and his avocation. “

Bobby thanks for all you do for the community.

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Danny Flanagan

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for January 5th 2018 Danny Flanagan

Danny was nominated by his friend Richard Medina who said “As assistant chief of the East Northport Fire Department he leaves for emergencies all hours of the day not knowing what he is going to be walking into and handles it like a champ. He’s an all-around good guy.”

Danny thanks for all you do for the community.

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Allison Venezia

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for December 29th 2017 Allison Venezia

Allison was nominated by her friend Jason Wisham who said “Allison is a single mom that ‘s a paramedic for northwell .  She is also a member of the FEMA response team. She has received numerous letters for her excellent patient care and has been recognized for her dedication to her profession and her company. This is a lady that spends her time helping others as well as trying to further her career without taking time to reward herself as being a hero to the patients and their families that she has helped.”

Allison thanks for all you do for the community.

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James Faranda

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for December 22nd 2017 James Faranda

James was nominated by Monica McCall who said “He saved my husbands life after going into cardiac arrest in my backyard 9/5/15.  From there they found a brain tumor and removed it after one month in nyc hospital.   I am forever indebted to James, North Patchogue fire department and Suffolk county police dept.  Thank you James!!!   My husband is a retired corrections officer and his recovery has been an amazing story.”

James thanks for all you do for the community.

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Martin Palermo

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for December 15th 2017 Martin Palermo

Martin was nominated by Jeffrey Van Houten who said “Martin spends his days shaping minds of young students at Wm Floyd HS with his progressive teaching techniques.  After work, As a member of the Hagerman FD, Martin sacrifices time with his wife and young child to assist the residents of E. Patchogue with his heroic deeds.  He’s received several awards for his work in both academics and firefighting.  He spends countless hours training in advanced firefighting techniques, technical rescue, and  rescue diving to protect his neighbors lives and property. Martin should be recognized for his years of service to his community, jeopardizing his life for the lives of others.”

Martin thanks for all you do for the community.

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Robert Cook

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for December 8th 2017 Robert Cook

Ex Captain Robert Cook of the Islip Terrace Fire Department was nominated by his sister Dawn Edwin who said “My brother has served as a Firefighter and EMT for over 20 years. Since he is single he always goes to all the training so the other fireman can spend time with their families. He has made the firehouse his home and every bad weather event he has been on call. He has helped so many people in his area.”

Robert thanks for all you do for the community.

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Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for December 1st 2017 Mitch Savino

Mitch Savino of  was nominated by his student Sharon Burwin who said “Mitch Savino is an absolutely amazing person who does a lot for our organization. He does so much for his SCPD class and he teaches us many things a civilian would never know. I have learned more than I ever learned about the amazing men and women from SCPD. Mitch has taught us how to do a vandt stop and learn what do with narcan and how to do cpr and aed. Mitch I have learned more than I have ever thought I could learn. Mitch Savino
is an outstanding teacher.”

Mitch thanks for all you do for the community.

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Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for November 24th 2017 Meg Christopher

Meg was nominated by her friend Dawn who said “I work with Meg who is the Captain of EMS squad in Wantagh, NY .  Her dedication, professionalism, and pride keep her best at what she does, and countless work hours  she keeps never missing a beat.  (she works 3 jobs) Meg is admirable in her ethics everyday.  She is a single mom of two grown wonderful children she has sacrificed for without second thought.  Meg is a hero in her own right  She deserves recognition.  compassion for her patient’s and co-worker’s speak loud and clear.”

Meg thanks for all you do for the community.

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Thomas Mendenhall

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for November 17th 2017 Thomas Mendenhall

Thomas was nominated by his daughter Becci who said “My father has been in the East Quogue Fire Department for over 50 years. Even now he is still active and has made top responder 3 years in a row.  I remember during a snowstorm a couple of years ago he couldn’t get his car out so he RAN to the firehouse in order to make a call.  That is just one of many stories I can tell to show his level of dedication to helping others.  He is my inspiration and my hero.”

Thomas thanks for all you do for the community.

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Craig Victorino

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for November 10th 2017 Craig Victorino

Craig who is an NYPD Detective and was in the Brentwood Fire Department was nominated nominated by his sister Marcy who said “My brother Craig has been in the military for over a dozen years (former active duty Army infantry, served in Iraq, current Naval officer), is a police officer and is a former lieutenant in the volunteer fire department (20 years)-gave it up only to care for his family.  He is a truly patriotic first responder and we are so proud of him.”

Craig thanks for all you do for the community.

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Gerard Boettcher

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for November 3rd 2017 Gerard Boettcher

Gerard was nominated by his father Gerry who said “My son is a Volunteer with the West Hempstead Fire Department. At present he is a Lieutenant. He is always there to help in town or at a mutual aid. He received the silver star for his life saving efforts at a fire. He is also a member of the Westerners drill team and has become an EMT to better serve our town. He has been a top responder in the department, and when our tones go off no matter what time of day or holiday he is out the door and ready to do what needs to be done. I’m proud to have him as my son.

Gerard thanks for all you do for the community.

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Carrieann Disanto

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for October 27th 2017 Carrieann Disanto

Carrieann was nominated by her father Charles who said “Carrieann 25 years old, for approximately 6 years she has been a volunteer EMS person in the Islip area. She also works for FDNY EMT/EMS. Carrieann goes on emergency calls all through out the night and goes to work to do the same all over again. She has a heart of gold for people, and courage like a super hero. She also comes from my family of 7 in all, she is my 2nd of 5 children. Carrieann is a great inspiration to my other kids as well to others, especially females. Carrieann  enjoys helping people and puts her life on the line at her job and when she volunteers. She is a 24 /7 hero and I feel people should know that. She is the best. Please consider her, she has never ever asked for any kind of acknowledgement from anyone. I am not one for words so I hope this comes across in a good way. My words can not explain Carrieann. Maybe you can. Thanks for acknowledging these people.”

Carrieann thanks for all you do for the community.

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honoree for October 20th 2017 Undercover Law Enforcement

The following is a response we received from someone we selected as our honoree “This is an overwhelming honor and I thank you for it. It means so much to me that the person who nominated me would think of me in that way.  Unfortunately the situation is that I am assigned to an investigative unit which sometimes operates in an undercover capacity and any attention to come my way would possibly jeopardize the safety of the people that I work with or me.  I think what you do is awesome and I can’t thank you enough for what you do.  Thank you for putting some good out there it means a lot to us. Take it from someone who knows it is always tremendously gratifying to know that the people who we serve care.” We decided to recognize all Law Enforcement officers who work undercover. Obviously it would be a danger to recognize them by name or to use any images of them. This post is to let them know we recognize, support and honor them.

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Michael Noto

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for October 13th 2017 Michael Noto

Michael was nominated by his wife Nicole who said “My husband has been a dedicated firefighter and first responder for almost 10 years. He is the most amazing person I have ever met. He works full time to support myself and our 2 beautiful children and still finds time to be a volunteer in the Holbrook fire department and help other people and the community. There are many things he has seen that a lot of people could not handle and he still continues to volunteer. He loves what he does and I feel no one deserves to be honored more than my husband.”

Michael thanks for all you do for the community.

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Scott Gaines

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for October 6th 2017 Scott Gaines

The recently departed Scott Gaines of the NYPD was nominated by his brother Randy Gaines who said “Let me tell you about a man that spent his life doing for others. He was and is a big brother, a father, a husband. Scott served and protected those that could not do it for themselves. When the towers came down my brother did what was in his nature, his soul he didn’t turn away he headed towards the horror and did what he had always done during his life. Sacrifice his own self to help others. My brother served and protected his country his community and above all his familyTo say he was a good man is an understatement. RIP big brother its end of tour, time to rest. I love you and you will always be with me.”

Scott we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Brad Maier

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 29th Brad Maier

Brad was nominated by his daughter Barbara who said “My dad has been my hero as long as I can remember. When I was born he was 2 years into his 8 year journey as the chief of the Babylon Fire Department. He is a 49 year member of the BFD. Through his career within the volunteer fire service he has been the LT and captain of both the rescue squad, and the argyle hose company. He was the deputy commissioner of suffolk county. He became a NYS EMT at the age of 60.  He served as a town of Babylon fire coordinator, and at the age of 67 is currently serving as a suffolk county fire coordinator. He has dedicated his entire life to the volunteer fire service. He beat a very rare form of sarcoma, and only has one lung, but that hasn’t slowed him down. He’s respected not only within Babylon village, but across Long Island. There is no one who deserves to be recognized more than my Dad.”

Brad thanks for all you do for the community.

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Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 22nd Tina Nee

Tina was nominated by her family who said “Tina Nee has answered her last alarm.  Tina was an Ex-Captain and 27-year member of Rescue and was currently the Sr. EMT for the West Babylon Fire District. She was the 1st woman ALS provider, the first woman Captain in West Babylon  and served 3 times as captain. She  was also a Suffolk County EMS instructor.”

Tina we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Anthony Vignone

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 15th Anthony Vignone

Anthony was nominated by his friend Richard Vella who said “AJ spent many years working his way up to detective while also being a dedicated husband and father.  His family has had to spend nights and days without him being able to come home.  I know this happens to a lot but with a growing family it can be tough on new parents and they made it work.  I think this recognition would be a great way to show  support to AJ, his family and anyone that helped pitch in on those long shifts.  It would be a way to show him and others like him that the personal sacrifices made did not go unappreciated.”

Anthony thanks for all you do for the community.

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Michael Derbyshire

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 8th Michael Derbyshire

Michael was nominated by his wife Theresa who said “Not only was “Derby” assistant Chief for 5 years, he was just elected Chief of the Brentwood Fire Dept April 6, 2017. Along with his dedicated years of service to the Brentwood community, he is also retired NYPD Detective & Awesome Grandpa to Jacob who’s 5! Along with the 175 member department he leads, he spends most of his time training and answering the many alarms they are called out to daily. From car fires to Heavy Rescues, brush fire & structure fires as well as assisting The Brentwood Legion ambulance when needed. As all the Heroes on Long Island deserve to be nominated, I think my Husband should be this weeks WBAB’s First Responder of the week!”

Michael thanks for all you do for the community.

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Kristen Erario

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for September 1st Kristen Erario

Kristen was nominated by her co-worker Frank Bandiero who said “Kristen has been in the Marine Corps for over 20 years. She has also been a Trooper with the NY State Police for the last 10 years. Kristen currently serves as the recruiter for the NY State Police on Long Island. She is involved in many activities that benefit the Long Island community.”

Kristen thanks for all you do for the community.

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Michael Vadala

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 25th Michael Vadala

Michael Vadala was involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident and was laid to rest last weekend. He was nominated by several people. Mike was a member of Babylon Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT. He had hopes to begin taking the paramedics courses in the near future. Due to him moving, he left Babylon and joined Bay Shore as an EMT and was soon to be joining as a firefighter. Mike was always happy to get out and help the community in any way that he could.

Michael we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Danielle Hagemeyer

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 18th  Danielle Hagemeyer

Danielle was nominated by her mother Gina who said “Danielle is a hard working EMT and (CNA) PCA at a local hospital. She has helped many patients both pre-hospital and admitted patients in the community. She is going to school to further her career in the health field and has saved many lives.”

Danielle thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Thomas Casey

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 11th Thomas Casey

Thomas of the Centereach Fire Department was nominated by his mother Karen Fabiano who said “Thomas is 19 and has been a volunteer for almost 1 year. He earned the high point award for 2016 for answering the most calls, 426, in the months that he was there. He is the 1st probie to do this. While going to college for criminal justice and working 30 hours a week.”

Thomas thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Nicholas Kester

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for August 4th Nicholas Kester

Nicholas was nominated by his daughter Melissa Smith who said “My father is a retired port authority police officer… he was a first responder at both World Trade Center attacks and spent weeks working at the site…. he is the most selfless man I know and has lived his whole life protecting others. Since retiring, he continues to give by back starting a non profit organization about 10 years ago to support our soldiers overseas. He deserves a little recognition for all he has done”

Nicholas thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Sean O’Hora

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for July 28th Sean O’Hora

Sean was nominated by his mother Karen who said “My Son joined West Islip F.D. as a Senior in High School today he is a LT. Always wanted to be a FDNY Firefighter too. Today he gives his time as a firefighter for West Islip and an EMT for the West Islip rescue CO .  My son’s professional Job is a FDNY EMT in Queens.. My son lives for being a 1st responder. He also had a cousin who was one of the 343 on 9/11. He Hopes to one day be a FDNY firefighter and I just need to give him a shout out for being so giving from the age of 17. short and sweet MY HERO always”

 Sean thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Ryan McKeown

Today’s First Responder Friday

honoree for July 21st Ryan McKeown

Ryan was nominated by his girlfriend Maria Raccomandato who said “Ryan lives his life dedicated to helping others. He is a member of  FDNY EMS, a paid EMT for North Lindenhurst FD, and a volunteer fireman for the Babylon Village FD. After a long 12 hour shift in Brooklyn he gets home and runs right back out the door on his own free time to help the next person in need. He never thinks twice about leaving dinner on the table to lend a helping hand. He doesn’t hesitate to jump out of a warm bed on a cold night to save a life. He deserves recognition for all he does, as do all emergency workers.”

Ryan thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Diana Schutz

Today’s First Responder Friday
honoree for July 14th 2017 Diana Schutz

Diana was nominated by her mother Kim who said “As an NYPD officer for one year, Diana has truly made a difference. After the Times Square car crash Diana lent  support to the Williams family, staying bedside with Jessica’s Mom Elaine while she watched over her critically injured daughter.  Diana showed strength and compassion to the family, getting food, lending a sympathetic ear, and just giving support to a family that was so distraught and in shock of what happened.  Diana continues her relationship with the family visiting every day until Jessica was moved to a rehabilitation facility. Diana truly exemplifies what it means to put on a uniform every day to keep all NYers safe.”

Diana thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Robert Kennedy

Today’s First Responder Friday
honoree for July 7th 2017 Robert Kennedy

Robert was nominated by his friend Svend Jensen who said “He served 20 years as a highly decorated Police Officer in the NYPD. He proudly served as a Police Officer on the street. Then he was an instructor at the Police Academy, served in Harbor Patrol and finally Counter Terrorism. He then retired, but still felt the need to serve. He then joined the Plainview Fire Department. He volunteers his time there, and serves as a leader and mentor for his two sons, who are also members of the Plainview Fire Department.”

Robert thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Diane McCauley

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for June 30th 2017 Diane McCauley

Diane was nominated by her sister Amy who said “my sister works as a paramedic for the NCPD she has seen and experienced some of the worst trauma’s that nobody should endure. She has received numerous life saving rewards including saving an infant by inserting a intravenous line into the babies bone. Putting herself in harms way during hurricane Sandy. Never one to shy away from a difficult situation. I worry about her everyday. She should be recognized.”

 Diane thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Abdullah Adlah

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for June 23rd 2017 Abdullah Adlah

Abdullah was nominated by his girlfriend Jackie Puccio who said “He’s a single dad that works for the FDNY and Northwell hospital. He goes from one job to the next without coming home just so he can be home the weekends his kids visit. He loves what he does so much he manages to make time to volunteer for the Terryville fire department as a Firefighter and EMT. He loves what he does although the pay isn’t as much as he deserves, he always says he’s making his kids proud and that’s what matters most. He’s Selfless and acts in the best interest of others, and with the little time he is home he’s an amazing boyfriend and the father of our soon to be child. He deserves something nice to be done for him for a change.”

 Abdullah  thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Christopher Rowe

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for June 16th 2017 Christopher Rowe

Chris was nominated by his sister Debra Hassett who said “My brother was a 911 first responder with NYPD. He works for NCPD now. He is an amazing brother and Uncle. His wife has MS and he could use a break and a night out.”

Chris thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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sfsefsToday’s First Responder Friday honoree for June 9th 2017 Trish Wygand

Trish was nominated by her sister in law Colleen Higins who said “Trish is not only a hard working Nassau County Police Officer, but also a kind and generous person. She’s always there for anyone in need and is a great role model for her 3 year old daughter. She faces every challenge without complaint and perseveres. She is proof that with hard work anyone can achieve their goals.”

Trish thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Steven Juliano

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for June 2nd 2017 Steven Juliano

Steven was nominated by Bill Bender who said “Steve is the definition of an everyday hero. He has volunteered as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Amityville Fire Department for the last 10 years, and now serves as a Captain, and he has saved countless lives in his role as a Tactical Paramedic for the West Babylon Fire District, as well as the Paramedic Supervisor at the North Lindenhurst Fire Department. Steve is always ready to answer the call, and he does it for pride. He lives by the motto “always in service.”

Steve thanks for all you do for the community. As a small way of saying thanks you’ll get dinner for yourself and three friends courtesy of Rudi’s Bar and Grill in Patchogue.

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Today’s First Responder Friday honorees for May 26th 2017 are Tom and Tim Haskell

Tom and Tim were nominated by their brother Ken who said “Tom and Tim Haskell were FDNY firefighters who gave their lives in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11. May 26th will be the 16th annual memorial golf outing to commemorate their lives.”

Tom and Tim Haskell we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Emily Bender

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for May 19th 2017 is Emily Bender

Emily is an extremely hard working paramedic. She works countless hours a week in multiple agencies. Starting in EMS as a teenager, she has grown into an outstanding provider. She has given back to her community through volunteering as well as many others.

Emily thanks for all you do for the community.

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Nicholas Skelton

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for May 12th 2017 is Nicholas Skelton

Nicholas Skelton of the NYPD was nominated by his mother Donna who said “My son works hard as a NYC Police Officer. He began his career in January 2016 after just losing his father in November 2015. He is a wonderful son who is devoted to his wife and family.

Nicholas thanks for all you do for the community.

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Michael Allen

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for May 5th 2017 is Michael Allen

Michael Allen of the Brentwood Fire Department was nominated by his wife Lisa who said “My husband has been a member of the SPCA and in the fire service for over 20 years. He has saved animals and people. He has beaten cancer just recently. He narcaned a stranger and pulled a Stranger from a burning building. Assisted with special rescues. Responded to 9/11. CPR saves.  Has awards for all of it and still manages to be a great dad to the kids. He is a mentor now for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. A true unsung hero!  Can’t ask for much more from a dedicated 1st responder.”

Michael thanks for all you do for the community.

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Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for April 28th 2017 is William Tolley

Firefighter William Tolley of the FDNY was killed in the line of duty April 20th 2017. At his funeral in Bethpage FDNY Chief James Bossert said “This is where every firefighter has to be today, On a day like this, you’re either working in the firehouse. or you’re here. And that’s how it is.” In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the “William N. Tolley’s Children’s Educational Fund” at FDNYfoundation.org/donate. William Tolley’s sacrifice and the danger that all of our first responders face every day they go to work is why we honor them.

Firefighter Tolley we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Tim Clark

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for April 21st 2017 is Tim Clark

Tim was nominated by his wife Danielle who said “My husband has been a volunteer Fireman, EMT and First Responder for the Kings Park Fire Department for over twenty years, he is not even 40 yet.  He is currently first assistant chief in the KPFD and always somehow finds the time to volunteer and respond to fires, accidents and many other emergencies even though he works three jobs! He is an amazing person who always goes above and beyond for anyone! My children, myself and our town are lucky to have him!”

Tim thanks for all you do for the community.

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Robert Hulse

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for April 14th 2017 is Robert Hulse

Robert was nominated by Blaise Gemellaro who said “Volunteering and service is Bob’s life. He is a Navy Vet and a retired SCPD Detective. He is an ex chief and still active member of the Bay Shore FD and a past president of the Islip town fire chief’s council. Bob visits ALL firemen who are have been admitted into either Good Sam Hospital or Southside Hospital each morning and brings with him a newspaper which he pays for himself. we general joke about making sure you stay over a Sunday because that newspaper is more expensive. He was the driving force behind the Islip town 9-11 steel memorial park.”

Bob thanks for all you do for the community.

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Peter “PJ” Hluboky

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for April 7th 2017 is Peter “PJ” Hluboky

PJ was nominated by his mother Kelly Hluboky who said “My son started out as a smoke eater in the Northport fd. In 1999 he became smoke eater of the year. After graduating HS PJ became a member of Eatons Neck FD in 2005. Working his way up through the ranks he was just voted to 2nd assistant chief at the age of 29.

PJ thanks for all you do for the community.

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Kathleen Bennett

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for March 31st 2017 is Kathleen Bennett

Kathleen was nominated by Regina Desimone who said “Kathleen is a hardworking single mother of 2. She has been a Volunteer firefighter in the Amagansett fire department for almost a decade now. Kathleen volunteers to help Vets in their fundraisers for the Wounded Warriors and she also runs the Junior Volunteer Fire Fighters group which teaches young potential volunteers what to do in case of a fire or emergency.  She deserves to be honored!”

Kathleen thanks for all you do for the community

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Leon Sayler

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for March 24th 2017 is Leon Sayler

Leon was nominated by Tom Riley who said “Leon Sayler is great guy! Give the shirt off his back type always with his comforting Great Smile, husband, father, son-law,son who takes care of his Parents that live close by with struggling health conditions with lots of help from his super kind daughter Kathryn who sings beautifully and his wonderful
wife, my niece Traci who had been a dedicated EMT herself for many years and was very good at it! 
Leon for 25yrs.has been a Volunteer Fireman at Sound Beach Fire House, and proudly serves his Community and his fellow Fireman and Emt’s and Police. He has worked for the Comsewogue School District for 30 yrs.working his way up the ladder with his hard work, teamwork and amazing dedication to his job. He is currently Head Grounds Keeper a very important and challenging position, he handles this important position of responsibility with the highest regard with Safety Always first! Leon just last week had open heart surgery and is at home doing very well! Thank God! I hope this bit of insight into Leon’s life that you find him well deserving of this great Honor for our Brave Volunteers!

Leon  thanks for all you do for the community

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Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for March 17th 2017 is Jack Timms

Jack was nominated by Stephanie Jacobson who said “I would like to nominate Jack Timms of Selden. He is getting ready to retire from the NYFD. He has save countless number of lives risking his own never a hesitation. He is very kind hearted and sweet. He has balanced his profession and family. His wife and 3 boys are his first priority.  Coaches their teams along with supporting and building their self esteem.”

Jack Thanks for all you do for the community.

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Don Miller

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for

March 10th 2017 is Don Miller

Don was nominated by his son Matt who said “I chose my dad to nominate for this out of all the first responders I know because of all the hard work and dedication he has put into his FDNY career of 20 years and still going. He is my role model and I hope I can accomplish as much as he has in his career. He should be recognized for all he has done in the past and for what he does in the future.”

Don thanks for all you do for the community.

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Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for March 3rd 2017 is Dana Dequatro

Dana was nominated by Deb Moore who said “Dana Dequatro deserves to be honored for many reasons. Dana is and has always put her Family and Friends first at all times. She is a mother of two boys and was a City Police officer for many years. She is retired and is now a first responder for the Bayshore Ambulette services. She is very much loved by her community and has provided her services to help those in need, and is the first one to assist when needed. She has always been available when needed for emergency services. Loved by many and continues to be there when needed. She has a heart of Gold. So I nominate Cousin Dana today.Thank you.”

Dana thanks for all you do for the community.

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Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for February 24th 2017 is Anthony Viverito

Anthony was nominated by Debbie Guiliano who said “Anthony not only risks his life to save people from fires as a NYC firefighter but just recently he went to North Carolina to help people from the floods after the storm they just had. He is always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needs help.  God Bless Him we need more just like him”.

Anthony thanks for all you do for the community.

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James Anson

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for February 17th 2017 is James Anson

Suffolk County Police officer James Anson was nominated by his colleague Steven Darling who said “On 11/11/16 at 11pm PO Anson did rescue a family of 4 including two children from a house fire in Centereach. While home off duty he was alerted to the fire by his 12yr old daughter who called 911.PO Anson then grabbed a ladder from his garage to facilitate their escape from a second floor window while the home was fully engulfed in flames.”

James thanks for all you do for the community. 

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Chief Sam Gangi

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for February 10th 2017 is Chief Sam Gangi.

Chief Gangi of Exchange Ambulance of the Islips was nominated by Josephine Chiarello who said “it would be the greatest gift to have my chief, Sammy Gangi recognized for his dedication. He is an amazing man in every way. He is not only a mentor and best friend to me but so many others. He takes the time to teach and makes the time to be there as a friend to everyone. If not for him I probably wouldn’t be the volunteer I am today!!! He is truly loved by everyone. Please recognize this amazing Chief of exchange ambulance in Islip, Sammy Gangi.”

Sammy thanks for all you do for the community.

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Deputy Chief James Molloy

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for February 3rd 2017 is Deputy Chief James Molloy.

Deputy Chief James Molloy of the NYPD is being laid to rest today having died of 9/11 related brain cancer. Roy Richter the head of the Captains Endowment Association said “Deputy Chief Molloy is as courageous a guy as you can find, He led search efforts tirelessly at Ground Zero. His dry wit and get-it-done attitude can always be counted upon to effectively respond to constant dangers he and his command faced. All in the department who knew or worked with him held Jim in the highest regard.”

You can read more about Deputy Chief Molloy here.

Deputy Chief James Molloy we honor you for your service and sacrifice.erererer

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James McNaughton

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for January 27th 2017 is James McNaughton.

James McNaughton, 27, was the first New York City Cop to give his life for his country as a soldier in the line of duty while serving in Iraq.

Jimmy was a Staff Sergeant with the Army Reserve’s 306th Military Police Battalion, based out of Uniondale, Long Island. Coming from a family of police officers, he joined the NYPD as a member of the first Police Academy class to graduate after 9/11. He was assigned to Transit Bureau, District 2 in Lower Manhattan. He reported for duty in the Army on October 4th, 2002. On August 2nd, 2005, Jimmy’s Unit was assigned a dangerous mission, which was between him and a couple other Sergeants. Jimmy volunteered over the other soldiers because he knew they all had children and he knew how dangerous the mission was. While on this mission, Jimmy was training an Iraqi officer up in a tower and was struck by a sniper and killed.

Find out about an event in James’ honor to benefit multiple charities here.

Officer James McNaughton we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Brian Mooney

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for January 20th 2017 is Brian Mooney.

Brian was nominated by his wife Kerri who said “Brian is a NYC fireman and always says he has the “greatest job in the world “. He loves saving lives, putting out fires, searching for those lost in a fire and rescuing anyone in distress. He is a true brave soul with a huge heart and brings it to work every tour”

Brian thank you for all you do for the community.

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Steven McDonald

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for January 13th 2017 clearly had to be Steven McDonald who passed away January 10th 2017. Steven was an officer in the NYPD when he was shot in Central Park by a 15 year old boy in July 1986. Despite the fact that the wound paralyzed him from the neck down he forgave the shooter. Over the years Officer McDonald would often be present at roll calls and to show support to wounded officers. Police Commissioner O’Neil said of him “No one could have predicted that Steven would touch so many people, in New York and around the world. Like so many cops, Steven joined the N.Y.P.D. to make a difference in people’s lives. And he accomplished that every day.”

You can see more about Officer McDonald here.

Officer Steven McDonald we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Barbara Strievski

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for January 6th 2017 is Barbara Strievski of East Northport Fire Department. Barbara was nominated by her husband Carl who said “She is a lieutenant in the Rescue Squad, she is out on ambulance calls all the time. She also gives her time for the ENFD Juniors, the under 18 kids looking to become volunteers. She is giving of her time for the community- standbys at football games, Teddy Bear clinics at the elementary schools, whatever is needed.”

Barbara thank you for all you do for the community.

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Gordon Huyler

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for December 16th 2016 is Gordon Huyler. Gordon was nominated by Lynda Bruno his girlfriend, his friend Janet Haight and his brother Ted Huyler. They said “Gordon has been a dedicated  member of the Amityville Fire Dept for 28 years and is the secretary for The Town of Babylon Volunteer Fireman’s Association. Dedicating his personal time and sacrificing for his Community.”

Gordon thank you for all you do for the community.

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Kim & Brian Kguloian

Today’s First Responder Friday honorees are a mother and son, Kim and Brian Kguloian from the Smithtown Fire Department.They were nominated by Greg Kguloian (Husband/Father). He said “Kim Kguloian was an EMT/Firefighter 20 years ago. Then she took time off to raise two kids (Brian – age 19, also an EMT/Firefighter, and Katelyn – 16.) Kim is a Licensed Nurse and has devoted herself to helping others for her entire life. She has maintained her active status as a Volunteer Firefighter and recently passed her EMT exam and is now officially recognized as an active EMT again.
She is dedicated to serving her community and still makes time to take care of her family.

She is the very definition of a hero and deserves to be recognized. 

Brian Kguloian is an active member of the Smithtown Volunteer Fire Dept. Heavy Rescue Company 9. He has earned several life-saving awards and is the number one responder in the whole department with the most emergency calls answered for 2016. He has been able to do all this while going to college full time to become a Paramedic.”

Kim and Brian thanks for all you do for the community.

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Paula Donnelly

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for December 2nd 2016 is Paula Donnelly of The Suffolk County Police Department.

Paula was nominated by her friend Heidy Ryan who said “Paula is a Suffolk Police Officer that always goes that extra mile in her job but beyond that she has also been through so much as a breast cancer survivor and after going through all that could not wait to get back to her job to serve and protect.  Thanks to Paula for risking it all.”

Paula thank you for all you do for the community.

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Joseph Rondinelli

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for November 25th 2016 is Joseph Rondinelli of the Massapequa Fire Department.

Joseph was nominated by his wife Joan Rondinelli who said”Joe is an EMT with Massapequa FD. On Sunday night 11/20/16 we were driving home on Southern State. A car speeds by hits the median crosses 3 lanes flips twice and lands upside down. As I pulled over safely Joey sprang into action to help. A woman and her 2 children were trapped inside. Car smoking and the smell of gas getting stronger not knowing if the car was going to explode. He and 2 others guys flipped the car over and he pulled the mom out first then the baby and then he had to rip the driver seat out to get the other child whose legs were trapped. I truly believe he saved them. He risked his own life with half his body in that car to get that family out before any deadly turn may have been taken. If you have any questions, please reach out to me. I am a proud wife today seeing firsthand how calming he was for all of them.
Thank you for your time and consideration.”

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Kevin Preiss

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for November 18th 2016 is Kevin Preiss.

Kevin was nominated by kathy Buckley on behalf of a group of his high school classmates. They said “We are writing to nominate P.O. Kevin Preiss a 21 year veteran of the NYPD stationed in the 50th precinct in the Bronx. Kevin has worked tirelessly to serve and protect the people of NYC all the while choosing to work midnight’s in order to be available to his family. He has given his time to the 9-11 recovery effort, was the first along with his partner to respond to the Metro North train derailment in December of 2013 also innumerable everyday things he has dealt with and helped countless people through. He was asked to join the elite Counter Terrorism unit within the NYPD where he received in-depth training and now works extra hours providing security at many different events. He exemplifies duty, service and protection; we are all grateful for all he does and feel he deserves this recognition!!

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SGT Paul Tuozzolo

November 11th 2016: For today’s First Responder Friday honoree the choice was clear. NYPD SGT Paul J. Tuozzolo who gave his life in the line of duty and protecting other policemen on November 4th. New York’s Police Commissioner James O’Neill said “Paul was everything we could wish for in a police officer. Conscientious, hardworking, courageous, driven to protect,”. The Mayor commented “In his final act on this earth he served in exemplary fashion doing his all, giving his all for all of us. There’s one fewer dangerous person on the street today because Sgt. Tuozzolo took the lead. That is the measure of the man. He gave his life protecting his fellow officers, protecting all of us,”

SGT Tuozzolo we honor you for your service and sacrifice.

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Joseph Collora

Today’s First Responder Friday honoree for November 4th 2016 is Joseph Collora of the NYPD.

Joseph was nominated by his wife Melissa who said “My husband is a retired NYPD Detective, he served 21 plus years with the NYPD. He worked super hard and spent numerous hours at work trying to better NYC. He would come often home at 1am shower and go back to work. There were to many days that he never came home and stayed at work working cases. He deserves real recognition for the job he did.”

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Steven Walters

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for October 28th 2016 is Steven Walters of The Patchogue Ambulance Company.

Steven was nominated by his wife Kelly who said “My husband Steve is a Paramedic both professionally and as a long time volunteer for Patchogue Ambulance Company. He tirelessly works to help the people in our community, being a top 10 responder several times in the past 6 years. He inspires, teaches and motivates the people around him. I couldn’t imagine someone more deserving of this recognition.”

Steven thank you for all you do for the community.

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Frank Evangelista

Today’s First Responder Friday Honoree for October 21st 2016 is Frank Evangelista of the Bethpage Fire Department.

Frank was nominated by his wife Linda who said “I would like to nominate Frank Evangelista. He is a volunteer firefighter; EMT-CC (medic) for over forty years; rescue diver; co-founder of the HAZMAT/DECON team, and; 9-11 responder. He has saved countless lives, never hesitating to risk his own. While training the inexperienced, he does it with encouragement and patience while sparking motivation for many along the way.  The community has greatly benefited from his hard work and unwavering passion.  His daughter has always looked up to him and frequently brags of his accomplishments.  This is a unique man with a passion to help others. He inspires people with his dedication and selfless sense of duty.”

Frank thank you for all you do for the community.