Hempstead Town’s Bravest Honored For Exemplary Service at Annual Firematic Awards

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Town Board honored local volunteer first responders at Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion during a special ceremony held on October 18th.  Thirty-one individuals were honored with a Town of Hempstead Firematic Award for their courage and service to their communities and dedication to protecting neighbors. 

“Tonight, I am proud to stand among a group of Hempstead Town’s bravest as we salute the courageous and caring individuals who volunteer their time and efforts to protect our communities,” Murray said. “No matter the time of day, or the conditions presented to them, these brave men and women are at the ready, even at the most harrowing moments, to care for their fellow citizens.”

Some of this year’s recipients were honored for heroic rescues and courageous deeds, while others were saluted for decades of services to their departments and their communities.

The following individuals were awarded the Town’s Firematic Medal for their distinguished service as members of the volunteer fire service community: 

East Rockaway Fire Department: Honorary Commissioner John Van Houten

Franklin Square and Munson Fire Dept.: 1st Assistant Chief Richard Gresser

Freeport Fire Department: Ex-Captain Nicholas J. LaBorne  

Hempstead Fire Department: Captain Sebastien Nicolas, Firefighter Thomas Scheel, Firefighter Anthony Cousins

Island Park Fire Department: Ex-Chief Edward McGann

Lakeview Fire Department: Ex-Chief Michael Koppel

Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department: 2nd Deputy Chief Anthony Rivelli, Lieutenant Moshe Bellehsen, Firefighter Justin Caliguri, Firefighter Joseph Sorrentino and Firefighter Thomas Cinque.

Levittown Fire Department: Ex-Chief Timothy Courtney, Hononary Chief Vincent Zupo

Mineola Fire Department: Ex-Captain Joseph Tartaglia, Jr.

Rockville Centre Fire Department: Ex-Captain John J. Glynn, Ex-Captain Ronald Kraemer, Jr., Ex-Captain Anthony L. Rugolo

Stewart Manor Fire Department: Firefighter Carl Barone

Valley Stream Fire Department: Firefighter Douglas Morton

Wantagh Fire Department: Ex-Captain Ronald Chowske, Ex-Captain Thomas Bloomfield, Ex-Chief Donald Snyder, Ex-Captain Tom Adams

Woodmere Fire Department: EMT Nicole DeSibio, EMT Margaret Hempstead, EMT Matan Fridman, Ex-Captain/EMT Benjamin Nelson, EMT Ross Rieman, Firefighter Adam Slotnick