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Late night car vs tree in Smithtown

Posted 8/16/2019

2356 hours. Smithtown Fire Department is dispatched to a report of a traffic Collision on East Main Street near Hemlock Lane. Units arrive to find that a vehicle left the roadway, striking a tree in front of St. Patricks Church. The lone occupant had self extricated and suffered minor injuries. FD EMS personnel packaged and transported the patient to the hospital and FD personnel applied absorbent material and secured the vehicle. 

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Ronkonkoma and Nesconset FD's assist Lakeland Fire Department with a fire in a commercial building

Posted 8/15/2019

The Lakeland Fire Department is activated for an automatic fire alarm at the Lee Phillips Packaging Company, 750 Union Parkway off Lakeland Avenue.

Responding units were advised that Suffolk Police were on scene reporting an active alarm and smoke pushing from a large commercial building. FD personnel arrived shortly thereafter and transmitted a working fire with active fire in the loading dock area of a 100X100 structure.

Crews tied into the sprinkler system, which was operating and entered the building with multiple hand lines. The fire was quickly extinguished. Mutual aid was requested from Ronkonkoma FIre Department for an engine, Holbrook Fire Department for a ladder, Nesconset Fire Department for a RIT. Bohemia Fire Department sent an engine to cover but they were diverted to the scene. Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance sent a bus, Community Ambulance also sent a bus. The Hauppauge Fire Department sent an engine to cover and the Holtsville Fire Department was requested to send an ambulance to cover.

Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Islip Town Fire Marshals are investigating. There were no injuries. 

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Another shooting in Central Islip

Posted 8/14/2019

Suffolk County Police arrested a man early this morning after he shot and critically injured his
half-brother during an argument in Central Islip.
Third Precinct officers last night responded to a 911 report of a man shot at 340 Irving St. at approximately 11:05 p.m. When officers arrived, they found Daniel Davis in the driveway of the residence with a gunshot wound to his neck. Davis, 31, of Mastic, was transported via Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore in critical but stable condition.
Following an investigation, Third Squad detectives determined Davis was shot by his half-brother, Eugene Sherrod, during a verbal dispute in front of Sherrod’s residence. Sherrod then fled the scene in a Hyundai Santa Fe. Highway Patrol officers located the Hyundai on Express Drive North in Medford and arrested Sherrod at 12:56 a.m.
Detectives charged Sherrod, 40, of 340 Irving St., with Assault 1st Degree. He is being held overnight at the Third Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today. 
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Vehicle struck by train in Ronkonkoma

Posted 8/14/2019

2030 hours. An elderly driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after her SUV was struck by the 7:11 west bound LIRR train just west of the Ronkonkoma Station. The vehicle was dragged about 1/4 mile down the track. The victim was found near the scene. Train service was suspended for approximately 3 hours. There were approximately 350 people on the train a the time of the incident. The MTA police are investigating.

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Car vs. Pole in Smithtown

Posted 8/13/2019

2143 hours. Smithtown Fire Department responds to a traffic collision on Maple Avenue near XX. Units arrive to find that a vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole.  Crews from 4-2-5 and 4-2-9 secured one vehicle while EMS personnel treated the lone occupant. 

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Police investigating Nesconset crash tie driver to a hit and run in Bohemia

Posted 8/12/2019

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Selden teen following two car crashes, one which seriously injured a pedestrian, for Driving While Intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Christina Burns slept at the home of Francis Rogalle, located at 22 Ashford Drive, after attending a party at his residence on Saturday evening. She left the home at approximately 6:50 a.m. on Sunday morning driving a 2005 Nissan Altima and, while traveling on Ashford Drive, left the roadway, struck a mailbox and drove across a lawn before striking  Che Yeung, who was walking in the street. Burns fled the scene in her vehicle.

Approximately half an hour later, Burns was involved in a second crash, this one at the intersection of Route 347 and Route 25 in Nesconset. Fourth Precinct officers charged her with Driving While Intoxicated.

An investigation by Fourth Precinct officers revealed that Burns’ vehicle had more damage than sustained in the Nesconset crash. Fifth Squad detectives were notified and she was linked to the earlier incident. Burns was subsequently charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Physical Injury. 

Yeung, 80, of 54 Westminster Drive in Bohemia, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she is in critical condition.

 Rogalle, 50, was charged with violating Suffolk County’s Social Host Law. Burns, 17, of 14 John Street, will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 12.

 The Nissan was impounded as evidence.

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262 participate in Commack Ambulance "Run for your life" 5K

Posted 8/10/2019

Commack Ambulance held their 8th annual Run for your life 5K today. The race began at 9AM under clear skies. 262 participants ran the race through the neighborhood streets around the Sawmill Junior High School. As usual, the event was a huge success. 

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Male injured in chainsaw incident is medivac'd to Stony Brook

Posted 8/10/2019

The Kings Park Fire Department is dispatched to a report of an adult male injured after falling off a ladder while holding a chainsaw. The victim suffered injuries that warranted him being flown to Stony Brook Hospital. The patient was packaged and transported in a Kings Park FD ambulance to the Key Food Shopping Center on Indian Head Road. The patient was transported into a Suffolk Police Department Helicopter and flown to Stony Brook Hospital. 

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Vehicle Fire in Commack

Posted 8/8/2019

13234 hours. The Commack Fire Department responds to a vehicle fire at West Farms Lane and Hedgerow Lane. Units arrive to find a fully involved passenger vehicle.  Chief of Department Wilken's operated with Engine 11 and their Fire Marshal. The fire was extinguished without incident and there were no injuries. The car was a total loss. 

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One dead in single vehicle crash in Smithtown

Posted 8/8/2019

An elderly female died in a single vehicle crash on West Main Street near Stop and Shop. The vehicle left the roadway, stopping approximately 100 feet into a wooded area on the north side of the street. FD personnel had to cut away the brush to extricate the victim, who was then removed and transported to St. Catherines Hospital. Main Street was closed in both directions from the Bull to Brooksite Drive for approximately three hours. 

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CO Emergency in Smithtown

Posted 8/8/2019

2145 Smithtown’ Fire Department is dispatched to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm at 268 Terry Road. Units arrived and after a quick investigation, determined that a charging hoverboard had overheated, emitting toxic gases into the home. The crews from Engine 4-2-4 and Rescue 4-2-9 disconnected the device, removed it from the house. The structure was then ventilated, the outlet checked for damage and the atmosphere within the structure was metered to ensure the air was safe. All units operated under the command of Chief Fitzpatrick

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Fatal shooting in Central Islip

Posted 8/7/2019

Central Islip,NY-Suffolk Homicide detectives are investigating the murder of a 15 y/o boy who was chased from a wooded area and shot to death. Police suspect gang involvement but cannot say for sure if it was MS13 at this time. 3 other teens were able to escape and call for help. It happened on Suffolk Ave just west of Dovecote.

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Car gutted by fire on Veterans Highway in Hauppauge

Posted 8/6/2019

1128 hours. The Hauppauge Fire Department handles a vehicle fire on the eastbound Veterans Highway shoulder between Gatewood Drive and Autumn Drive. Vehicle was a 2009 Crown Victoria owned and utilized by the Suffolk County Dept. of Probation.

The officer operating the vehicle was uninjured. The cause was an undetermined mechanical failure in the engine compartment possibly related to the ac compressor. 

Engines 4 & 3 operated at this incident under the Command of Engine 1 Captain Patrick Sieczkowski

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Hauppauge Fire Department Ex-Captain Edward Smith passes

Posted 8/4/2019

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46 year member and Ex-Captain Edward Smith of the Hauppauge Fire Department passed into life eternal on August 4th. 92 year old Smith, was a career soldier in the United States Army. He was awarded the bronze star for his service in Europe in World War II and retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant drill instructor. He then worked for LILCO as a welder. He joined the Fire Department in 1972 and attained the rank of Captain of Engine Company 3.  His Grandson is currently the Captain of our Engine Company 1. He will surely be missed by his family, friends and the members of the Hauppauge Fire Department.

A wake was held on August 6th and 7th at Moloney's Funeral Home in Hauppauge. There was a firematic service at the funeral home on Wednesday night and a funeral mall was held at St. Thomas Moore Church on Thursday. Mr. Smith was interred at Calverton National Cemetary.

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Seven Miles of Jericho Turnpike renamed in honor of Chris Raguso.

Posted 8/3/2019

A beautiful summer day was the perfect backdrop for the unveiling of the street signs along Jericho Turnpike in Commack and Smithtown renaming it the "Lt. Christopher J. Raguso FDNY-CFD Memorial Highway" Hundreds of people gathered at Commack Fire Department Headquarters for the event, including members of the Commack Fire Department, the Air National Guard, FDNY, the community and a number of dignitaries. The renamed stretch of Jericho Turnpike runs from near the Dix Hills Diner to Meadow Road.

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Traffic Collision with injuries in front of 1815 Jericho Turnpike in Commack

Posted 8/2/2019

At Approximately 1400 hours, Commack Ambulance responds to a traffic collision with injuries in front of Retro Fitness on Jericho Turnpike. Units arrive to find an crash involving two vehicles. Crews package and transport two patients to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. 

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Crews strike natural gas main on Lake Avenue

Posted 7/30/2019

Crews doing roadway improvements on Lake Avenue struck a gas main near Angela Court. Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to the scene but crews were unable to shut it down due to the damage. Mutual aid was requested from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for manpower. The area was shut down and crews monitored with their meters. National grid was requested and arrived at approximately 845. Crews cleared from the scene at 0930. Fire Marshals from the Town of Smithtown are following up. 

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Fire damages Marios Restaurant in Setauket

Posted 7/30/2019

0519 hours. Setauket FIre Department tis activated for an automatic alarm in Marios restaurant at 212 Main Street (a block east of their fire headquarters). A second call shortly thereafter from someone on scene reports that smoke and flames are visible. Units arrive, make entry and quickly knock down a fire in the kitchen. While opening up, they find fire in the cockloft. Crews had difficulty exposing the fire due to  multiple ceilings in the building. Thanks to their aggressive work the shopping center was saved. The fire was placed under control at 0817 and the incident commander began releasing units at approximately 0845. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries, two were transported to Stony Brook Hospital. Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals are handling the investigation. 

Mutual aid for this incident was requested from the following departments:

Centereach FD,  Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance, Coram FD, Farmingville FD, Gordon Heights FD, Holbrook FD, Holtsville FD, Medford Ambulance, Medford FD, Middle Island FD, Miller Place FD, Mount Sinai FD, Nesconset FD, Nissequogue FD, Patchogue Ambulance, Port Jefferson FD, Port Jefferson Ambulance, Rocky Point FD, Ridge FD, Ronkonkoma FD, Selden FD, Shirley Community Ambulance, Sound Beach FD, Smithtown FD,  Saint James FD, Stony Brook FD, Stony Brook Ambulance, SUNY Stony Brook Hospital and Terryville FD. 

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Busy evening for the Smithtown Fire Department

Posted 7/30/2019

Smithtown Vollies handled back to back alarms this evening. The first at 1904 hours on Burlington Ave was for a problem with the electrical meter to the home. Crews checked to be sure there was no fire extension into the home and requested the power company to respond.

While operating at this alarm a Barbecue Fire on Stony Hill Path was reported. Units responded to find an extinguished fire. Crews from Engine 5 and Ladder 7 secured the unit. All units were back in service by 2000hours.

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Traffic collision with MCI in Smithtown

Posted 7/30/2019

1643 hours. The Smithtown FIre Department is dispatched to a traffic collision at Terry Road and Route 347. Units arrive to find that passenger vehicle hit the back of a school bus loaded with passengers. While no one was trapped, FD personnel had multiple patients on their hands. Smithtown used three of their ambulances, St. James FD sent an ambulance and the Nesconset Fire Department sent an ambulance. A total of 10 patients were transported to St. Catherines Hospital, thankfully all with minor injures. Commack Volunteer Ambulance sent a unit to cover the district during the incident. 

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