Last month, a Seaford youth helped to save a Massapequa house on Tryconnell Avenue from possible destruction through a house fire.
Last weekend, the youngster, T.J. Paczkowski, was rewarded for his efforts. T.J. and his family visited the Massapequa Fire Department, where the firemen on duty rolled out the red carpet and let him explore the big machines.
T.J.'s mother, Martha Ann Paczkowski, relayed the following information to The Massapequan Observer, explaining her son's heads-up action.
"On Monday, Feb. 16 at about 5-5:30 p.m., my husband was driving with my 10-year-old son up Park Boulevard towards Sunrise Highway," she began. "As they were passing Tryconnell Avenue, my son saw smoke and mentioned it to my husband who thought it wasn't anything important. As they turned onto Sunrise, my son became very insistent that my husband turn around and go back to the house. They pulled up to a house that had smoke coming from the backyard and saw that a bag of leaves/garbage was on fire. It had melted the fence and had caught the backside of the house on fire as well.
"My husband, of course, made my son wait in the car, while he ran into the house and got the family out (they had no idea about the fire)," Ms. Paczkowski continued. "They pulled the bag away from the house and put the house fire out with a garden hose. My husband said that in another two minutes the whole house would have been in flames. The family was very thankful and my husband told them that if it weren't for my son he would have never gone back. They left before the fire department got there and when I explained to my son how important what he did was, he told me it wasn't - that the woman of the house was sad because she was sitting on her stoop crying when they left. He thought she might have been mad. I explained she was relieved, not angry.
"I called the fire house on Front Street, explained the situation, and asked if we could bring my son down to the firehouse," she said. "I spoke with Barney Muldoon at the station and he said we should bring him in on Sunday and the guys could show him around the house and give him a kid hat."
That they did, as T.J. enjoyed his day at the firehouse as a small reward for the quick action that saved a house.