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A new and interestingly unique chapter has been added to the long list of developments in the known history of volunteer fire departments on all of Long Island. Not only were two new related captains installed in two of the four fire companies that comprise the Port Washington volunteer Fire Department, but they are brother and sister.

David Biggers and Denise Biggers

On Jan. 19, 2002 David Biggers, 35, took the helm at the Atlantic Hook and Ladder Company as elected captain. Shortly thereafter, his sister, Denise Biggers, 30, took command as the elected captain of the Fire Medic Company on March 2.

Both were born at Glen Cove Hospital, after which the family left Sea Cliff and lived in Ohio for a few years but returned to Port Washington in 1980. Both attended local schools and graduated from Schreiber High School. David went on to attend the College of Aeronautics, while Denise attended the John Louis Beauty School after high school.

Currently, David is a field technician with Cablevision, while Denise is a professional E.M.S. with American Medical Response, a national organization providing quick response to emergency medical needs ... a job for which she is no doubt highly qualified.

Both responded to the World Trade Center disaster.

As for their careers with the PWvFD: David joined our fire department in May, '89, as assistant secretary and immediately started his rise through each rank required from second asst. engineer to officer status, to his current leadership role for the full company. He served at the Avianca airliner crash.

Denise became a fire medic member in July, '97, ultimately rose from 3rd asst. engineer to first lieutenant in two years, a mark of her dedication and the confidence of her peers, in her expertise and calm proficiency at emergency calls.

What, among other goals would they like to accomplish with their new responsibilities at their companies? "To maintain and increase the 'family' aspect of our fire medics," said Denise. "To strike a better balance between the ever-increasing training requirements with the fun and social advantages of being a firefighter in a close fire company," replied David.

In their little off time David is a bowling addict, having once scored 258 and wants to bowl a 300 game at least once.

Denise loves are two: long road trips by car, and her fiance´Arco Esposito, a member of the Levittown Fire Department.


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