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Fire Department Swears In New Chiefs

The Hicksville Fire Department recently swore in Frank M. McGeough, the 2014 Chief of the Department, at a ceremony held at HFD Headquarters. Chief McGeough, a former Captain of Independent Engine and Hose Company No. 2, previously served as Assistant Chief since 2008 and is a 20 year member of the department.

For the first time in the history of the department, the membership elected a female to the position of assistant chief. Newly elected 3rd Assistant Chief Elizabeth “Liz” Flahavan, a former Captain of Heavy Rescue Company No. 8, has been a member of the department since 1988 and is a NYS certified Emergency Medical Technician. Recently, Chief Flahavan was honored with the 2013 “Nassau County Firematics Award” for service to the community.  

Also sworn was newly elected Fire Commissioner Anthony Wigdzinski, a former chief of the department, as well as 1st Assistant Chief Richard Diaz and 2nd Assistant Chief Robert Telender. Department members were also on hand at the ceremony to thank out-going Chief of Department Christopher Moskos for his eight years of service in the chief’s office.

Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Robert Lang said, “The Board of Fire Commissioners is proud and happy to welcome Commissioner Wigdzinski and congratulate the new slate of chiefs this year. We are excited to work with Chief McGeough and we are very confident that he will continue the excellent leadership that he has displayed over the past six years as assistant chief. In light of an increase in female membership in recent years, we are particularly happy to see a woman elected to chief for the first time and we wish Chief Flahavan the best of luck in her new position. I am sure she will do a great job.”

Chief of Department McGeough said, “I am honored to be elected to lead the Hicksville Fire Department and continue a long tradition of excellence and service to the people of Hicksville. I would like to thank Chief Moskos for his leadership and guidance over the past eight years and I would also like to welcome Chief Flahavan to her new position. I am certain that she will make a great addition to the leadership of the department.”

Third Assistant Chief Flahavan remarked “It is truly an honor to be selected by the department membership to this position, which I am sure will be both challenging and rewarding. Congratulations to Chief McGeough. I am looking forward to working with him as well as Chief Diaz and Chief Telender."

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

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