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.


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

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St. John’s University is making college more affordable for the families of our nation’s heroes. Their new Service Scholarship Award provides $2,000 annually for the dependent children of police officers, firefighters, and members of the military. It’s all part of St. John’s commitment to those who serve our country. Learn more at stjohns.edu/serviceawards 

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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.

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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!!

Kevin thank you for all you do for the community.erererer

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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.