Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00
The call came around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, and Glen Cove firefighters, police and EMS jumped into action. A house on Ford Street was up in flames and a woman was trapped inside.
Chief Anthony Tripp reported the details to the Record Pilot. He said that a fire that began in the kitchen moved on to the bedroom nearby, where the woman was sleeping. The rest of the residents got out, but the smoke and heat had her stuck.
Ex Chief Pat Peet lives nearby and ran to help. He got gear and tried to go in the front door. The fire had already gotten to the point that the smoke pushed him back out.
Glen Cove Police Officers Ed Linares and Frank Palone then removed an air conditioner from a window where the woman was trapped and got Peet into the bedroom through that open space. The smoke was already too much in there too. Peet and then Firefighter Justin Valeo and Ex Captain Al Shakal all made a brave effort to help the woman in the bedroom.
Finally, they were able to get the woman out the window with the help of the officers Palone and Linares. EMS workers then took over. The woman was going through cardiac arrest, said Tripp, but by the time she was at NUMC hospital, she was reported to be in serious condition.
Eight people in total landed in the hospital due to smoke inhalation, including one firefighter and two police officers.
“It was pretty wild,” said Chief Tripp of the incident, which blew out of control so fast. “The whole thing all happened in about 5 minutes’ time.”
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi was on the scene and he commended all on hand, telling the Record Pilot, “The Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, the Glen Cove Volunteer EMS and the Glen Cove Police Department, accompanied by mutual aid support from Roslyn, Jericho, Glenwood, Sea Cliff and Locust Valley Fire Companies and their respective ambulance teams, including support from C.W. Post College Ambulance, all showed up as they always do. They saved a human life and rescued five others, including two young girls less than two-years-old, from a burning building thanks to the quick thinking, decisive actions and bravery that speaks more than any words I can say. I cannot thank them enough, especially the men who went into that burning building and risked their lives to save another. We are so fortunate to have these first responders who put others above self. God bless them all.”
The Ford Street fire is currently under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshall and Arson and Bomb Squad.