Legislator Jay Schneiderman (left) presented Karen Haab (middle) of the Springs Fire Department with a proclamation paying tribute to her as “one of the South Fork’s most dedicated volunteers.”
Springs Fire Department Chief Ben Miller (right) was on hand for the ceremony, which took place last month.
Each year since 2001, a firefighter or EMS volunteer from each of Suffolk’s 18 legislative districts is selected to recognize and commend the individual’s “contribution of time, energy, and expertise to the community.”
Schneiderman chose Second Lieutenant Haab who is an advanced emergency medical technician with the Springs Fire Department and also one of their volunteer firefighters. She joined the department over 12 years ago, and in 2005 she was named Firefighter of the Year.
In 2012, Haab was named Emergency Medical Service Personnel of the Year by the department. This followed an incident at an Amagansett beach last summer, in which Haab was credited with saving a 77-year-old’s life after he broke his neck while boogie boarding.
Haab also owns and operates her own property management business in East Hampton, and is a single mother to a daughter in college. In August 2013, Haab was once again honored when she received the Firemen’s Association of New York’s EMS Provider of the Year in Albany.
Legislator Schneiderman said Haab is a woman truly worthy of the honor and admiration and gratitude of Suffolk County.