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Hail To The Chief

Epple named 37th Levittown Fire Chief

 

As a kid growing up, Donald J. Epple Jr. would mount his bike whenever he heard sirens, following the bright red fire truck to scene where he would watch as his father and members of the Levittown fire department put out the blaze. Following in his father’s footsteps, Epple joined the Levittown Fire Department on May 20, 1979, as a probationary firefighter and before long became a member of Ladder Company No. 1. 

 

Now, 35 years since first joining the department’s ranks, Epple has been named the thirty-seventh Chief of the Levittown Fire Department.

 

“I call it my career,” Epple said, jokingly. “I love what I am doing.”

 

Epple was first elected to the position of Second Lieutenant in April 1984 and within a year, he moved up through the ranks to First Lieutenant. By 1987, he was named Captain of Ladder Company No. 1. After moving to the other side of Levittown, Epple transferred to Engine Company No. 7, where he served as company Captain in 2007-2008. 

 

With experience as both a Truck and Engine Company Officer under his belt, and an unbrideled love for the firefighting profession, Epple decided to run for higher office. In 2010, Epple won his bid for the position of Third Deputy Chief of the department, and would win again in 2012 as Second Deputy Chief and then First Deputy Chief in 2013. 

 

“After 35 years, it just becomes second nature,” Epple said, about managing the department. 

 

In addition to his duties as Chief of the department, Epple works full time as a county employee and is currently divorced with three children—Jacqueline, Collette and Donald—who he said stood by him through it all.

 

“My children had to suck up a lot,” Epple said.

 

He also has an extensive training resume, is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and has been member of the Drill and Softball teams since he joined the department. On March 1, 1997, Epple received a letter of commendation for his actions during an out of state incident. 

 

As the 37th Chief of the Levittown Fire Department, Epple added that he envisions enhancing camaraderie within the department, as well as providing firefighters the best training possible in order to provide the highest standards of firematic and emergency medical services to the businesses and residents within the Levittown Fire District. 


News

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently nominated 19 students from the Fourth Congressional District to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Kevin Seery of Wantagh has earned one of the nominations to the United States Military Academy from McCarthy. Seery is presently attending Norwich University. 

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 

 

McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 


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Dowling College’s Mike Groenthal, of Levittown, was recently named as Honorable Mention All-Conference selections from the East Coast Conference (ECC) in men’s soccer, as a forward. Groenthal is a junior at Downling. He is a graduate of Island Trees High School. 

 

The ECC was formed in 1989 to enhance intercollegiate athletic competition among member institutions and to assist them in integrating athletics into their academic program in a fiscally sound way. 

John Kane, of Levittown (pictured), scored as the 10th finisher overall in the Greater Long Island Club’s 15th Annual Six-hour 16th Birthday Run, which was recently held at Sunken Meadow State Park. Kane logged a total of 38.22 miles over the six hours, to earn him the 10th slot out of 140 participants.


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