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Sag Harbor Fire Department Juniors Program Looking for New Members

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On Monday, July 14th, members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department Juniors Program members R.J. Ules, Emma Romeo, Wade Lahrman, Jake Kushner, Dylan Willingham, Joseph North and Sami Duchemin met with John Lussa, President of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center, to present him with a check for $1,500.00 in donations that they had raised through pancake breakfasts. The ceremony was also attended by the wardens of the fire department, as well as chiefs Jim Frazier, Tom Gardella and Bruce Schiavoni. Photo by Michael Heller.

On Monday, July 14th, members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department Juniors Program members R.J. Ules, Emma Romeo, Wade Lahrman, Jake Kushner, Dylan Willingham, Joseph North and Sami Duchemin met with John Lussa, President of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center, to present him with a check for $1,500.00 in donations that they had raised through pancake breakfasts. The ceremony was also attended by the wardens of the fire department, as well as chiefs Jim Frazier, Tom Gardella and Bruce Schiavoni. Photo by Michael Heller.

By Michael Heller

The Sag Harbor Fire Department Juniors Program is looking for new members. In addition to satisfying high school community service requirements, members learn firefighting techniques, teamwork, life skills and enjoy the camaraderie of being a part of cherished and respected part of the community. There are no prerequisites; any kids who have finished 9th  Grade are eligible to join. For further information, contact the Sag Harbor Fire Department at 725-0252 or visit their headquarters on Brick Kiln Road.

Driver Airlifted After Turnpike Rollover

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The Sag Harbor Fire Department responded to the scene of a rollover early Saturday. Michael Heller



The driver of a car that rolled over on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike early Saturday, July 5, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

The victim was extricated from the vehicle by members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department, who were called to the scene shortly after 5:30 a.m. Witnesses at the scene speculated that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The Southampton Town Police Department is investigating.

Firefighters Battle Blaze in Bridgehampton

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Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire on Hayground Road in Bridgehampton on Thursday afternoon.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department, backed up by volunteers from five other departments, battled a house fire at 285 Hayground Road in Bridgehampton on Thursday afternoon.

Although firefighters were able to bring the fire under control quickly, the house suffered serious damage.

Departments from Sag Harbor, East Hampton, Southampton, North Sea and Hampton Bays provided backup.

The fire was called in at 4:10 p.m., reportedly by the homeowner. No injuries were reported.  Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours.

A Southampton Town fire marshal was at the scene to try to determine the cause of the fire.




Home for Sag Harbor’s Antique Fire Trucks Closer To Being Realized

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Members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department, from left to right, Second Assistant Chief Bruce Schiavoni, Pete Garypie, Chief Jim Frazier, Ed Deyermond and Bob Mitchell, with the department’s 1938 Maxim pumper.

By Stephen J. Kotz

Members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department see the light at the end of the tunnel in their quest to create a home where they can store and work on the department’s collection of antique fire trucks—as well as show them off to the public from time to time.

Last month, the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board signed off on the application of Sag Harbor Antique Fire Trucks, Inc., which has been spun off from the fire department to run the project, for site-plan approval. The nonprofit group wants to construct a nearly 4,000-square foot building on 2.5 acres it owns on the west side of the Bridgehampton Turnpike near Hildreth Street.

It will unveil the plans for a barn-like structure with three bays designed by architect Robert Lenahan before the Sag Harbor Village Board of  Historic Preservation and Architectural Review this Thursday, June 12, at 5 p.m.

Assuming the board signs off on the plans, Ed Deyermond, a village trustee, who is also the vice president of the nonprofit, said the department will seek some seed money from the fire department, pursue a building loan from a local bank, and start fundraising in earnest.

“This is our heritage. This is where we started from,” said Pete Garypie, the president of the organization, of the desire to house the department’s four antique fire trucks in a centralized location, where they can be stored in a climate-controlled environment, and where volunteers can keep them up and running.

The department owns four antique trucks. The only one that is currently operational is a 1938 Maxim pumper that is now stored at a private site on Clay Pit Road.

The village bought the pumper new, during the depths of the Depression, Mr. Deyermond said, and it arrived in town just in time for the 1938 hurricane, after which it was pressed into service to pump drinking water for village residents.

The department also owns a 1943 Chevrolet truck that was originally used at Camp Upton, which is stored in a private garage in Sagaponack, and two others, a 1951 Mack pumper and a 1929 Dodge pumper that are both “cocooned in shrink wrap” at a private garage in North Haven, according to Bob Mitchell, the secretary and treasurer of Sag Harbor Antique Fire Trucks.

Fire departments typically have antique trucks, which are used for parades and other special events, including funerals.

Although it has been named the Sag Harbor Antique Fire Truck Museum, the facility will not be open to the public except for special open houses, group members said, because, among other things it would not be feasible to staff it on a regular basis.

“This all started under the presidency of Chris Kohnken,” said Mr. Deyermond of the effort to safeguard the department’s antique apparatus. After Mr. Kohnken stepped down, other members stepped up, to keep the project alive.

“It’s been a long haul, basically because of the wetlands,” said Mr. Deyermond, noting that organization had to get approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Harbor Committee, the ZBA and the planning board.



Sag Harbor Firefighters Douse Car Blaze

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By Michael Heller

The Sag Harbor Fire Department was called out to Hampton Street, across from the Sag Harbor Elementary School, on Tuesday to extinguish a fire in a Jeep Wrangler. The first units on the scene were able to knock down the flames with fire extinguishers. The fire was completely extinguished within a half hour.


Fire Reported at Hayground School in Bridgehampton

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Photography by Michael Heller

Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor firefighters overhaul and check for hot spots at a fire that occurred on the exterior of a campus building at the Hayground School on Mitchell Lane at roughly 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported.

Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team Rescue Retriever From Icy Waters

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As fire department and ambulance members render aid, member Stephen Hesler holds and comforts a dog that was rescued by the Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team after it had fallen through the ice off of Bayview Court in North Haven on Saturday.

By Michael Heller

Members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team braved cold temperatures last weekend to save a two-year-old golden retriever that was struggling in the icy water of Noyac Bay off North Haven.

On Saturday, the dive team was called to Bayview Court after receiving a report that a dog had fallen through the ice. First responders found the retriever with only his head above water roughly 50 yards offshore, barking and crying as he struggled to stay afloat.

A boat was dispatched into the bay with dive team members Alex Smith and Scott Fordham aboard, with dive team member Rich Simmons swimming ahead, breaking the ice by hand so that the boat could proceed.

Mr. Simmons soon reached the canine. After loading him into the boat, the team brought him to shore and into the waiting arms of Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel, who warmed the dog before turning him over to the Southampton Town Animal Control office.

The dog was taken to the East End Veterinary Emergency Center In Riverhead for further treatment.

Attending veterinarian Dr. Gal Vatash reported that the dog, Morgan, was close to death after having been in the frigid water for roughly 45 minutes, and was suffering from petechiae—a low blood platelet count—and hypothermia, with a body temperature below 90 degrees.

“He was definitely looking at the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Dr. Vatash.

After an overnight treatment of plasma and warm fluids, however, Morgan was released to his owners the following afternoon, and “…went home wagging his tail.”

Dr. Vatash credited the members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department and Ambulance Corps with saving the dog’s life, as well as simple good luck: He was spotted out on the ice when a family just happened to come down to the shoreline to take some photos and spied the animal in distress. He also credited the use of a microchip embedded in Morgan’s skin for enabling his office to locate and reunite him with his owner.

Dr. Vatash said he would encourage all pet owners to microchip their animals as a protective measure.

Updated: Queens Man Drowns at Trout Pond in Noyac

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Last Friday, as Sag Harbor Fire Department Chief Pete Garypie drove down Noyac Road he noticed about 50 swimmers cooling off in Trout Pond.

“I thought to myself, it is just a matter of time before we are going to get a call,” said Chief Garypie.

The next day, at 5:11 p.m. the Sag Harbor Fire Department, its dive team, the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps. and the Southampton
Bay Constable were directed to Trout Pond by Southampton Town Police responding to reports of a possible drowning.

According to Chief Garypie, he quickly requested the presence of the East Hampton and North Sea dive teams in an effort to have all hands
on deck for what he hoped would be a rescue, but ultimately was a recovery.

According to Southampton Town Police, Tyreef Benston, 26, of Queens drowned at Trout Pond Saturday evening. Benston’s body was ultimately
located by the Sag Harbor Fire Department Dive Team, said Chief Garypie.

Trout Pond, located on Noyac Road, is a popular swimming spot, although a handful of people have drowned there in the last decade. There are no lifeguards stationed at Trout Pond and the area is heavily signed with warnings to that affect.

When Chief Garypie and the department responded to the scene he said there were about 15 people at Trout Pond, not all of them part of the
group swimming with Benston. Several people at the scene had attempted rescue Benston, said Chief Garypie. According to Chief Garypie it was through information provided by one female that led the dive team to Benston’s body, which was submerged in 11 feet of water. He was discovered around 6:07 p.m. and Chief Garypie said there were conflicting reports about how long Benston had struggled in the water before police were called.

Chief Garypie can recall three people drowning at Trout Pond since 2007 and said the combination of people unaccustomed to fresh water
swimming and the conditions of Trout Pond make it a dangerous place to cool off, particularly for those who are not strong swimmers.

“People do not realize fresh water is not as easy to swim in as salt water,” said Chief Garypie. “It is an unprotected pond and the depth
goes from very shallow to very deep rapidly off the side. It is also has a soft, muddy, weedy bottom and it is very hard to get good
footing even when you can reach the bottom.”

“In my opinion, no one should be swimming there, experienced or not,” continued Chief Garypie.

Photography by Michael Heller

Truck 714 – Where Are You?

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Jonathan Bezrutczyk was returning to his office at 3 Park Avenue in Manhattan late last Tuesday afternoon when he says he watched as a fire truck pulled up to a stoplight and proceeded to blast its horn as pedestrians crossed in front of the vehicle. Apparently laughing, according to Bezrutczyk, the driver continued down 34th Street and approached a bus stop full of people, again blasting the truck’s horn.

Upset by what he witnessed, Bezrutczyk fired off a letter about the driver, who he believed showed no regard for public safety, to the fire department whose name was painted in gold on the side of the truck — the Sag Harbor Fire Department.

Except the driver was not a member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department and the truck was technically not a part of the department’s fleet. Rather, it was a new fire truck being delivered to a Jericho, Long Island dealership where fire department officials hoped to pick it up some time next week.

For the chief of a department over 200 years old, and one that has prided itself on its decorum, despite the fact the Sag Harbor Fire Department had nothing to do with the situation Chief Pete Garypie took the situation very seriously. In the last week the department received a personal apology from the President of Apparatus Movers — the firm hired to bring the fire truck to Long Island by Spartan Motors.

In that letter, Apparatus Movers President Mark Johannsen apologized for the incident, but also said what occurred was an innocent mistake — a statement backed up by Russell Chick, the director of communications for Spartan Motors.

According to Chick, the driver said he was stretching when he accidentally hit the horn pedal, which is located at a driver’s feet in a fire truck. The driver denies a second blasting, and according to Chick has profusely apologized for the incident and the fact that it has garnered so much attention.

“Nothing malicious was involved based on our investigation,” said Chick, adding Apparatus Movers has delivered fire trucks throughout the nation without incident. “We are all about safety. We build trucks to protect both firefighters and citizens so this would be counter to everything we believe and do. We cannot imagine any scenario where something like this would have been done in a malicious way.”

Chick stressed that both the Sag Harbor Fire Department and Hendrickson Truck Center in Jericho — which was given the contact by the fire department for the truck — did not have any involvement with the delivery of the truck.

Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride, a member of the fire department and former chief, said he practically sprinted to the fire department last week after learning about the situation, relieved to see truck 714 — about to be retired to an upstate fire department — sitting in its bay. It was only then he learned that its replacement was en route to Long Island and could have been the truck in question in Manhattan.

“Obviously, this is not something we are happy about,” he said.

Despite conflicting reports and the lack of his department’s involvement, Chief Garypie said the situation was “unacceptable” and apologized for anyone who felt aggrieved by the alleged incident.

“We are professionals and no one should take this as a reflection about how we operate,” he said. “Our reputation speaks for itself, but we are in contact with the manufacturer and the dealership to make sure this is dealt with.”

Man Pinned Under Car in Sag Harbor

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By Claire Walla

Some still say they are mystified as to how it happened, but Sag Harbor Village Police confirmed on Wednesday that Christopher Rolf, 59, of Bridgehampton was pinned under his own vehicle, a black Porsche Cayenne, outside Chopping Charlie’s on Long Island Avenue last Tuesday, February 28.

Jodi Cesta, 22, was in the area when she heard the accident, and was one of the first to arrive on the scene after it happened.

“I looked left and then I looked right, and all of a sudden he was underneath [the car],” she said.

Cesta went over to Rolf and said she and about five other people tried to extricate his pant leg from under the car’s left front tire.

“We all tried lifting the car up, but it wouldn’t lift off the guy,” she said. The group also attempted to use a jack, found in the man’s car, to lift the front bumper, but that proved fruitless, as well.

“He was just looking at me in the eyes, I’ll never forget that look,” she continued. “Like, please, you have to help me.”

Sag Harbor Fire Department, Sag Harbor Ambulance crews and Sag Harbor Village Police arrived on the scene and ultimately, Cesta said, EMS crews ended up borrowing her knife to cut the Rolf’s pant leg and free him from beneath the vehicle.

“It was weird, nobody else had a knife except me,” said Cesta, a landscaper, who added that she carries the lime-green knife with her at all times. “I just hope he’s ok.”

According to Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Tom Fabiano, who spoke to Rolf at the scene of the accident, Rolf was trying to see whether or not a store was open at the time the incident occurred.

“He had gotten out of the car and apparently the car was not in park, it was probably in reverse,” said Fabiano.

At that point, Fabiano noted, the car began to move and “he went back to try to stop it.” However, one of Rolf’s legs became caught beneath the front left tire of the vehicle, leaving him trapped beneath the wheel of his car.

According to Sag Harbor Fire Chief Pete Garypie, after part of Rolf’s pant leg was cut away and his leg was successfully removed from beneath the front left tire of the vehicle, Rolf was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital.

Officials say Rolf remained fully conscious throughout the ordeal, but suffered damage to his pelvis.