At a very special memorial service hosted by the Selden Fire Department commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing of Selden Fire Chief Arnold Seaman, Legislator Tom Muratore joined other local officials to honor Chief Seaman’s memory. The service was held at the intersection of Hawkins Road and Dare Road in Selden, a site that is now called the “Arnold Seaman Memorial Park.” Muratore presented a proclamation to the family, posthumously recognizing Chief Seaman for his dedication and ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
On April 10th, 1969, after a 24-hour period of 16 brush fires called into the department, Chief Seaman answered yet another call near Newfield High School. The Chief, with son Jimmy in the car headed to that fire, and sadly was involved in a car collision at the intersection of Bicycle Path and Hawkins Road. While his son was fortunate to only suffer cuts and scrapes, the Chief ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
“Fifty years have gone by, and Chief Seaman’s legacy remains with the Selden Fire Department,” stated Legislator Muratore. It is important we remember the dedication to this department, and the ultimate sacrifice that resulted. It was an honor to present a proclamation to his family and keep this hero’s memory alive.”
Photos- (above) Former Selden Fire Chief Arnold Seaman. (below) Left to right-NY Assemblyman Joe DeStefano, Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle, Former Selden Fire Chief Joseph Matthews, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore, Former Selden Fire Commissioner Jack Matthews, and Brookhaven Town Councilman Mike Loguercio.