The Officer’s and Men of Company #2 M-L.F.D. regret to announce the passing of Charles Karen. Chuck joined Company #2 on August 8th, 1991. Throughout Chuck’s 24 years of service he was involved in many committees in the firehouse and was also a department driver. Chuck was also a New York City Police Officer working in East New York, Brooklyn, for his entire career. Chuck was a devoted father to two young boys Charles (9) and Dominic (4). He was also a loving husband to his wife of many years Tina. Chuck responded to the attacks on September 11 2001, with the NYPD and worked tirelessly for months not only at ground zero but also spent a lot of time at the Fresh Kills dump sifting through the wreckage. Because of his courageous actions, Chuck found out 3 years ago he had cancer. Although it was a tough battle, Chuck never gave up his fight, and he never gave up for only one reason….his family. Unfortunately on Wednesday November 4th Chuck lost his fight. Anyone that knew Chuck would tell you he would always go out of his way to help others. He will surely be missed around the corners of the firehouse. A website has been set up in Chuck’s honor accepting donations for his family, to ensure no bills go unpaid and the kids have a college fund set up. Click Here to Support the Karen Family
On Monday September 21st at approximately 8:30am Companies 3 and 5 were toned out for a vehicle fire on the eastbound Northern State Parkway at Marcus Ave. Engine 8756 was the first unit to respond and was advised by Manhasset-Lakeville Dispatch that via the traffic cams that it was an involved car fire. Upon arrival of Engine 8756 the crew placed (1) 1.75" handline into operation extinguishing the bulk of the fire. Squad 8759 and Engine 8735 also responded and assisted with overhaul and additional tank water. All units were placed back in service with 45 minutes.
Today members of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department along with members of many Nassau & Suffolk departments went up to the Fireman's home in Hudson NY for the 10th Anniversary of Long Island day at the home. There was a parade and bar-b-q and we had the opportunity to spend time with one of our own members who is a resident at the home, Robbie Hicks from Company 3 (Uncle of Ex-Chief Neil Hicks, and Ex-Captains Let and Pat Hicks). He gave us a tour of the facility and his room, and introduced us to the staff. It is a very impressive place and nothing like any facility we have ever seen that caters to the elderly firefighters who have given so much to their communities. There is also a very large museum on the grounds which houses many pieces of antique fire apparatus, firefighting equipment, and educational exhibits for children. I recommend every member take a ride up and check it out, and while you're there stop in and see Robbie. He loves visitors. Story by Deputy Chief Stone.
Pictured from L to R is Lt. Alex Schneider, Ex-Captain Rich Weigele, Deputy Chief Brian Stone, Robbie Hicks, Ex-Chief Neil Hicks, FF Barry Caesar, and Lt. Dan White.
On Saturday August 22, 2015, at 1843 hrs, M-LFD Companies 3, 5 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to the westbound Northern State Parkway at Exit 26 for an auto accident with roll over. Chief of Department Scott Garrigan (8703) was the first unit to respond and was advised that the Roslyn Rescue Fire Department Chief of Department was on scene at that everyone was out of the vehicle. E8740, who had a full crew in quarters at the time of the alarm, responded to the scene along with S8759, HR8730, A8767, A8768 and DC8705. A total of four aided were transported to area hospitals by M-LFD EMS and NCPD Ambulances.
On Saturday August 1st, 2015, M-LFD Companies 3 and 5 extinguished this fully involved pickup truck fire in the parking lot of 3333 New Hyde Park Road. All units were released from the scene by Chief of Department Scott Garrigan (8703) within a half hour. Photo by K. Candan
On Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 6:49PM, Manhasset-Lakeville F.D. Companies 3, 4, 5 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to 40 Schenck Avenue for a reported apartment fire. Multiple M-LFD Chiefs responded to the alarm and were advised that NCPD units were confirming a fire in an apartment on the first floor. EMS Fly Car 8799 arrived on scene in one minute and reported “smoke showing” and that NCPD units were evacuating the building.
Tower Ladder 8744 was the first piece of apparatus on scene. The Officer of TL8744, Captain Stepanek, located a fire in an apartment on the first floor and requested a hose line while his inside team used its water can to hold the fire back. After hearing the Captain’s report, Chief of Department Garrigan (8703) transmitted a “Signal 10” for a working fire in an apartment building. A 1 ¾” hose line was stretched by the crew of Engine 8735 to the apartment and used to extinguish the fire. A second 1 ¾” hose line was stretched by the crew of Engine 8740 but not used. All primary and secondary were negative, and crews checked the adjoining apartments for extension, which was also negative. All units were released from the scene within an hour.
On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Manhasset-Lakeville F.D. Company #3’s firehouse in Thomaston, 1st Deputy Chief Scott Garrigan was elected and sworn-in as the new Chief of Department. This evening was extra special for Chief Garrigan as he is also celebrating his 25-year anniversary with the department in 2015. Now Ex-Chief Michael Farrone, who served as a Chief Officer from 2010-2015, was honored for his years of service to the department. Ex-Captain Brian Stone of Company #5 was elected the new department’s new 4th Deputy Chief. Also being honored this evening were several 25-year members including Chief of Department Scott Garrigan, Ex-Chief Kyle Dugger, Ex-Captain John Dolan, Ex-Captain Mitchell Levine and Firefighter Denis McGee. Preston “Lett” Hicks Sr. is also celebrating his 50th anniversary with the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department.
On Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:02PM, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 1, 2, 3 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to the intersection of Bourndale Road North and Chester Drive for a reported house fire in that vicinity. Chief of Department Farrone (8705), Deputy Chief Kiess (8701) and Ambulance 8767 were the first units to respond and were advised of a direct call from a resident stating that they see a house on fire in that area. Seconds later, the dispatcher advised the units that multiple calls were being received through Firecom all reporting a house fire at 32 Brookwald Drive. With this information, Chief Farrone requested the Port Washington Fire Department be requested for a F.A.S.T. (Firefighter Assist & Search Team).
Ambulance 8767 was the first unit to arrive on scene and reported “smoke showing” and confirmed that all occupants were out of the house. Deputy Chief Kiess (8701) arrived on the scene two minutes later and transmitted a “Signal 10” for a working fire in a 2 ½-story private dwelling. Deputy Chief Kiess reported that he had smoke pushing from all sides of the structure and visible fire in the rear....
On Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:13am, Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 3, 4, 5 and the Ambulance Unit were dispatched to a reported apartment fire on Welwyn Road in Great Neck Plaza. Chief of Department Michael Farrone (8705) was the first unit to respond and was advised of calls received through Firecom reporting a fire in an apartment on the second floor. While en route, the dispatcher advised that NCPD units were on scene confirming a fire. M-LFD Ex-Chief Brian Morris arrived on the scene first and reported “smoke showing” to Chief Farrone, who transmitted a “Signal 10” when he arrived.
Engine 8735 was the first piece of apparatus to arrive on the scene and stretched a 1” ¾ hose line to the fire apartment, which was located on the second floor of the three-story apartment building. Engine 8740 arrived second-due and stretched a second 1” ¾ hose line off Engine 8735. All searches were negative and the fire was contained to one bedroom in the apartment and there was no extension to the floor above. All occupants were removed from the fire apartment prior to the M-LFD’s arrival and one occupant was transported to a local area hospital by Ambulance 8767 to be evaluated.
The Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office was notified for an immediate investigation and all units were released from the scene within one hour and fifteen minutes....