On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, the American Legion Post 304 of Manhasset held their annual awards night for local first responders. This year, Firefighter Charles "Chuck" Karen of Company #2 was posthumously given the award of Firefighter of the Year in recognition of his years of dedicated service to the community. Firefighter Karen succumbed to 9/11 related cancer from his work as an NYPD Officer in November, 2015.M-LFD Ambulance Unit EMT-CC Joseph Toole was honored as the EMT of the Year. Joe is currently serving as president of the Ambulance Unit and is attending medical school.
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 11:38 a.m., M-LFD Company 5 was dispatched to the Eastbound Long Island Expressway at New Hyde Park Road for a reported car fire. Deputy Chief Stone (8705) was the first unit to respond and arrive at the scene and advised that he had a fully engulfed car fire. E8758 arrived on scene minutes later and stretched their front trash line to extinguish the fire. The vehicle caught on fire while it was being towed, and the tow truck operator was able to remove it from his truck before it was fully involved. The Nassau County Department of Public Works was called to the scene at the conclusion of the incident to sand the roadway as ice had formed from the water used to extinguish the fire.
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 10:44 p.m., Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies 2 and 5 were dispatched to 45 Willets Pond Path in North Hills for a reported fire coming from the fire place of a home. Deputy Chiefs Kiess (8701), Pisani (8702), and Stone (8705) all responded within minutes of the alarm and were advised by M-LFD Dispatch that he was now receiving automatic alarms from the two adjoining homes and that Albertson Assistant Chief 801 was on scene reporting a heavy smoke condition in the area as well as coming from the home. Deputy Chief Kiess arrived on scene moments later and transmitted a "Signal 10" for a working fire in the basement of the house. This added Company 1, The Ambulance Unit and Rescue 8730 to the initial alarm, along with the New Hyde Park Fire Department as a FAST Team. Engine 8758 was the first engine to arrive at the scene and stretched an 1 ¾'' hose line into the front door, while the crew of Quint 8728 began to vent and search the fire building as well as conduct searches of the adjoining homes on the exposure sides. After knocking down the fire in the living room, the crew from E8758 made an aggressive push into the basement and knocked down the main body of fire. A total of 3 hoselines were stretched, and 2 were operated to extinguish the fire, which extended to the first floor of the home and caused the floor to partially collapse. Due to the extremely cold temperatures and heavy volume of fire, all five Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Companies as well as the Ambulance Unit operated at the scene, and the Garden City Park Fire Department was also called for an additional unit to respond to the scene.The cause of the fire in under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office, and all units were released from the scene by Deputy Chief Kiess by 2 a.m
On Sunday, January 10th, at about 8:20AM, both the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department and the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company were dispatched to East Shore Road, in the vicinity of the Kensington Pool for an overturned truck. Upon the arrival of units from both departments, a United States Postal Service box truck was found to have overturned onto its side. The driver of the truck was able to extricate himself and was evaluated by EMS crews at the scene for further injuries. Crews from both M-LFD and GNVFC worked side by side to contain a diesel fuel leak from the truck's ruptured saddle tank until the arrival of the Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office Hazardous Materials Division. East Shore Road remained closed for several hours as a result of the crash. All units were released from the scene within forty minutes by Chief of Department Scott Garrigan (8703)
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
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