Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead board recently honored Bethpage firefighter and EMT Corey Fisher who was among the 24 volunteer firefighters from surrounding departments at a ceremony, on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at the Town Hall in Hempstead.
Father Daniel O’Brien, S.J. who serves Oceanside’s St. Anthony’s R.C. Church and the Valley Stream Fire Department, provided a brief invocation, and Fred McFarland of the Levittown Fire Department, performed the National Anthem. The Levittown Fire Department Guard Unit retired the colors before each of the 24 fire members were honored with medals and certificates.
“We are proud to honor this group of firefighters and emergency medical technicians for outstanding service to their departments and to the communities they serve,” Murray said. “These first responders make significant sacrifices, and volunteer their personal time to protect the safety of their neighbors.”
Some of this year’s recipients were honored for heroic rescues and courageous deeds performed during the normal course of their day. Others were saluted for decades of service and the continued dedication to their departments and their communities.
“Day and night, firefighters and EMTs are ready and willing to answer the call,” Murray said. “Their bravery and volunteerism help make our communities safe and pleasant places to call home.”
The nomination for Bethpage firefighter and EMT Corey Fisher read, “Corey has been a member of the Bethpage Fire Department for just two years, but he has already proven himself an outstanding and dedicated firefighter.
“Over the past year, Corey responded to 794 alarms, an average of over two responses per day. He has also attended 77 training sessions and nearly 200 parades, funerals and other events.
“Corey’s accomplishments with the Bethpage Fire Department are quite remarkable, given that he has two jobs and is a full-time student at Nassau Community College.
“Corey’s fellow firefighters describe him as a good, caring and hardworking person who fully commits himself to serving the Bethpage community.”
Murray said, “While residents shoveled out from the snow during the winter or pumped out flood water from their homes after the summer storms, emergency responders like the volunteers whom we salute today making rescues and assisting residents.
“In addition to the familiar firefighting and rescue efforts affected by the fire departments across our town, it is important to recognize members of the firefighting fraternity for their initiative to educate the public on life-saving safety tips and lessons. This month, and every October, is fire prevention month.”
The fire members were honored for their acts of heroism, selfless courage and dedication. To conclude the annual Town of Hempstead Firematic Awards ceremonies, Father Daniel O’Brien, S.J. gave the benediction.
“Volunteer firefighters are indeed heroes in our communities and the Town of Hempstead is extremely grateful to each and every member of the local fire departments,” said Murray. “It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to recognize Hempstead Town’s bravest.”