WADING RIVER, NY– Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker recently joined Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner and local fire department members at the Wading River Fire Department to thank and honor Ken Hinsch and Convanta Energy of Huntington for their donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Wading River, Ridge and Rocky Point Fire Departments during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Covanta Energy of Huntington’s donation included over 15 cases of Tyvek suits and N95 masks that were distributed to Wading River, Ridge and Rocky Point Fire Departments. The donation was estimated to be between $5,000- $6,000 in supplies.
“This pandemic has brought many challenges to our community, including the availability of much needed PPE for our emergency responders,” said Legislator Anker. “I am so thankful to Covanta and their Facility Manager, Ken Hinsch, for donating PPE to our local fire departments, and to our fire department volunteers who have continued to protect and provide emergency services to our community members throughout the pandemic.”
“The Board of Fire Commissioners, the Chief’s office and the volunteers of the Wading River Fire Department would like to thank Covanta Energy of Huntington and their Facility Manager, Ken Hinsch, for the generous donation of much needed PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Wading River Fire Commissioner Kevin McQueeney.
Covanta is a waste management company that regularly uses PPE. In April, Wading River Fire Commissioner Kevin McQueeny reached out to Covanta’s Facility Manager, Ken Hinsch, when the department was nearly out of PPE. Ken Hinsch coordinated with the Wading River, Ridge and Rocky Point Fire Departments, donating several cases of Tyvek suits and N95 masks. A member of the Ridge Fire Department drove to the Huntington location to receive the initial donation, while the remaining donation was given to the Wading River Fire Department. The Wading River Fire Department then distributed a portion of the donation to the Rocky Point Fire Department. For more information, please call Legislator Anker’s office at 631-854-1600.
Pictured L –R: Wading River Fire Dept. Chief Branden Heller, Suffolk Count Legislator Sarah Anker, Wading River Fire Dept. Commissioner Joesph Moren, Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, Wading River Fire Dept. Commissioner Kevin McQueeney, Covanta Huntington Facility Manager Ken Hinsch, Brookaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Wading River Fire Dept. Commissioner James Meir, Wading River Fire Dept. Commissioner Michael Harrigan, Wading River Fire District E.M.S. Supervisor Brian Danowski.