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2022 Mastic FD Installation and Awards Dinner

By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | April 30, 2022 | NEW YORK

Story No. 043022108

Rocky Point N.Y. – On Saturday April 23rd the Mastic Fire Department held its Annual Installation and awards dinner at Majestic Gardens in Rocky Point NY. The event put together by the Mastic Fire District celebrated the departments 97 years of dedicated service to the community. The Mastic fire district was formed in 1925. It served as a way to not only celebrate but to also recap the previous year ( 2021) and honor those who made valuable achievements and also install the incoming members into various positions.
The event which began with a formal formation of the company and bag pipes playing was also attended not just by the department members and their personal guests but various mutual aid departments as well as dignitaries. On hand for the evening were newly appointed Suffolk Fire Rescue & Emergency Services ( FRES) Commissioner Patrick Beckley he was joined by Suffolk Legislators Jim Mazzarella and Tom Donnelly. From Brookhaven Town Board Supervisor Ed Romaine and Deputy Supervisor & 6th District Councilman Dan Panico were also on hand to deliver remarks and also recognize the members of the department in various ways.

Commissioner Beckley Swore in the Departments Chiefs and Line officers officially into their 2022 offices. Also sworn in to officer were the Departments Administrative officers and the Fire Police Officers. After all of the officers were sworn in to their office officially the Chief of Department Rudy Sunderman and Assistant Chief Gene Martucci lead the board of officers in handing out various awards to recognize performances. The following awards were given out :

2021 Mastic Fire Department Top Responders: Chief Rudy M Sunderman, Assistant Chief Gene Martucci, 1st Lt. Rudy A Sunderman, 2nd Lt. Ian Arthur, 2nd Lt. Tarren Kearns FF’s Bill Close, Flavio Gaspari, Nick Jackson, Gary Lombardo, Charles Mineo, Wilson Reina and Fred Stalker.

2021 Top Midnight Alarm Responders: Chief Rudy M Sunderman, Assistant Chief Gene Martucci, 1st Lt. Rudy A Sunderman, 2nd LT. Tarren Kearns, FF’s Bill Close, Flavio Gaspari, Nick Jackson, Mike Malone, Gary Lombardo, William Ponzio, Wilson Reina and Jenni Cabrera.

Outstanding Achievement Fire Police Lt. Bill Ponzio and Firefighter Wilson Reina.

25 Yrs Service : Mike Stellato and Craig Diaz.

2021 Chiefs Award: The Entire Mastic Fire Police Squad- of the departments 901 alarms responded to in 2021 the Fire Police Squad got out to over 600 and got 2 trucks on the road for over 400 alarms.
Also given a standing ovation was the departments most senior member who is currently Ex-Chief Pete Rosado at 69 years of service and dedication to the community. Congratulations to all the Line officers, Admin officers , Fire Police Members and all the award winners. We hope the Mastic Fire Department has safe year in 2022.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.