Mastic-On Tuesday May 1, 2018 Legislator Sunderman recognized Third Legislative District 2018 Suffolk County Senior Citizen of the year honoree, (Ann) Carol Bender. The Legislator presented Carol with a proclamation, lunch and flowers during her Forge River Senior Meeting held at the Mastic Fire Department; with her fellow Forge River Members and her family in attendance.
“I have worked very closely with Carol through the years and she has always willing to lend a hand. Carol’s hard work and dedication to her community as well as her selflessness throughout the years made my chose an easy one.” Said Sunderman
Ann Carol Bender was born in Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson on April 14, 1934. She currently resides in Mastic and graduated from Center Moriches High School. She joined the Mastic Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary in January 1953 and is still active. Carol served in office starting at the bottom ranks and rising up the rank of President in 1980; which she served a two year term ending in 1982. She married Anthony Bender in June 1953. Anthony also served as an active member of the Mastic Fire Department for over 50 years, until his passing.
Ann was employed as a Suffolk County Crossing Guard for 32 years and is a Charter Member and Life Member for the AME union where she held office until 2017. She is also currently an active member of the Forge River Senior Citizens for the past 12 years. Ann is part of a large family of firefighters. Her Father, Brother, and Husband were volunteers and Carol’s daughter Judy and son Anthony are currently active members in the Mastic Fire Department as well as her Grandson, Niece, and Nephew. This is a result of her commitment ad enthusiasm. This is a true family tradition and dedication the community.
Carol is still very active in Mastic Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary; assisting in any capacity needed for Fire Prevention, Tree Lighting, Meeting Set-ups, Ladies Auxiliary functions, and fundraisers. She is the first to volunteer and the last to leave. When you need someone to lead the committee, Carol always volunteers to take charge.
“Carol’s tireless commitment and dedication to her community is exemplary. I could not be more proud to have (Ann) Carol Bender as the 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year for the Third Legislative District.” Said Sunderman.