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DO 03 - Leg. Sunderman - PR

Posted on: January 29, 2020

Legislator Sunderman Recognizes First Responders for Volunteer Recognition Month

Charles OConnor First Responder

Resolution 339-2001 established a volunteer recognition program for firefighters and EMS personnel and designated October as Volunteer Recognition Month in Suffolk County. This resolution provides an opportunity for each Legislator to formally nominate one volunteer in their District for their outstanding service as a First Responder.

As the 3rd Legislative District contains multiple Fire Departments and Ambulance Companies, Legislator Sunderman thought it was important to request that each individual department provide him with the name of a member they wished to recognize for their outstanding service and dedication through their volunteerism in the community. After submitting multiple nominations, Charles O’Connor Jr., of the Mastic Beach Fire Department, was chosen as Suffolk County Volunteer of Distinction for the Third Legislative District.

Charles has been a member of the Mastic Beach Fire department for 41 years and continues to respond to calls both day and night. Throughout his career of service to his community, Charles has been awarded Fireman of the Year, Chief’s Award, and numerous Chief Driver of the Year awards. He currently serves the Mastic Beach Fire Department as a member of the Board of Directors.

“Charles has always been willing to go above and beyond for his department and community.” Said Legislator Sunderman. “Congratulations on this well deserved honor and thank you for your service and dedication”

While Charles O’Connor had been selected as the overall Volunteer of Distinction for the Third Legislative District, Legislator Sunderman wanted to recognize all the nominees that were submitted by the individual Departments. Those nominees were:

John Siebert of the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company

Mike Montauban of the Mastic Ambulance Company

Anthony Verni of the Brookhaven Fire Department

Gary Pils of the Bellport Fire Department

Shelia Skidmore of the Yaphank Fire Department

Christian Gross of the Mastic Fire Department

Christopher Steele of the Manorville Fire Department

“Volunteers go above and beyond, taking time away from their families and putting their lives on the line in order to help the community. While this recognition singles out individuals for their exemplary work within the past calendar year, it is also important to remember that all volunteers deserve recognition for making their community a safer place to live. “Stated Sunderman

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