Supervisor Don Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board today held the annual Firematic Awards Ceremony, a special recognition ceremony to express the town’s gratitude to heroic firefighters from across America’s largest township. Supervisor Clavin welcomed fire departments from across the township and was also joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito (former chief of the Island Park Fire Department), Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“Hempstead Town’s Bravest served throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, putting their health and safety on the line to help keep our residents safe,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to welcome fire departments from across our township and recognize several outstanding firefighters for going above and beyond in service to our community.”
Supervisor Clavin and members of the Hempstead Town Board presented the town’s Firematic Service Award to firefighters who were nominated by their departments in recognition of their heroic and dedicated service to the community. The Supervisor thanked all of the firefighters in attendance for their selfless and continued service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Town of Hempstead and local fire departments worked in partnership to keep residents safe over the past year and a half – the town provided financial aid to support local fire departments, distributed PPE to firefighters, and also established COVID-19 testing and vaccination programs for first responders.
This ceremony marks the return of the annual event to Hempstead Town Hall after last year’s location change. In 2020, the town held the nation’s first drive-thru Firematic Awards at Town Park Point Lookout – recognizing many heroic firefighters in a safe and socially distanced manner. Offering the Invocation for the 2021 Firematic Award Ceremony was Very Rev. Father Michael Duffy of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, while Captain Fred McFarland of the Levittown Fire Department performed the National Anthem and God Bless America.
“Thank you all the brave men and women in the fire service for their unwavering commitment and dedication to our community,” concluded Supervisor Clavin. “The Town of Hempstead will always support our local firefighters and recognize the dangerous job they do and the amazing sacrifices they make to keep America’s largest township safe.”