Mayor Michael Lavorata, along with Deputy Mayor Maryann Weckerle, Trustee Joan M. Masterson, and numerous Suffolk County and Town of Babylon officials, recently honored Lindenhurst Fire Department’s Lieutenant John Tighe, Jr. and Firefighter Mark Miller for their brave, selfless, and extraordinary actions that earned them the 2021 Firefighters of the Year Award from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.
Both men answered the call of duty when, on October 19, 2020, a vehicle traveling eastbound on Montauk Highway was struck by another vehicle, sending it into a canal, with an elderly woman trapped inside. With the car submerged under 8-10 feet of water, Lieutenant Tighe & Firefighter Miller led the successful effort to rescue the woman, having to make several attempts to break the car windows and clear obstructions to get her out.
Mayor Michael Lavorata said, “Thank God that we in Lindenhurst have a Volunteer Fire Department with men and women, who at a moment’s notice are quick to respond to uncertain situations, to mitigate danger, and combat the threat of destruction, in order to protect individuals, families, and property!”
Pictured here (left to right) are 2nd Assistant Chief Robert Santos, 1st Assistant Chief David Collins, Chief Michael DeGregorio, Firefighter Mark Miller, Lieutenant John Tighe, Jr., and Mayor Michael Lavorata.