Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
The Town of Hempstead honored local volunteer firefighters at a special ceremony held on Oct. 20. Twenty-four individuals were honored with Town of Hempstead Firematic Awards for their courage and dedication to protecting local communities.
“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,” Town Supervisor 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 EMT’s 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.”
“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.”
What does a well-respected and highly honored Cablevision executive do when he’s not on the job? He becomes one of the most highly decorated firefighters in the Mineola Fire Department. Jeff Clark’s Cablevision responsibilities focus on community and government affairs and the community spirit exemplified in his 15-year career with the Mineola Fire Department mirrors his professional dedication.
Jeffrey had a four-year stint as Lieutenant before serving as Captain from 2007 to 2009. In July 2009, he was named 2nd Assistant Chief and he currently serves as 1st Assistant Chief.
Jeffrey’s peers describe him as an innovative and progressive leader, someone who is dedicated to his department and the community he serves. He also works with the department’s grant committee in an effort to secure funding for fire equipment.
According to Mineola Fire Department Chief Joseph Pratt, Jeffrey “is a perfect example of a hardworking, dedicated and compassionate leader and is a role model for today’s volunteer fire service.”
For his unwavering dedication to the Mineola Fire Department over the past decade and a half, we are proud to present 1st Assistant Chief Jeffrey Clark with the 2011 Town of Hempstead Firematic Award.