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Brookhaven Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years of Service

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BROOKHAVEN, NY - On Sunday, September 24th, after a 24-hour rain delay, the Brookhaven Fire Department hosted its 100th anniversary parade and celebration.  

The Brookhaven Fire Department was joined by about 20 neighboring fire and EMS agencies from Suffolk County in their parade and celebration of this monumental occasion, led by Chief of Department Anthony Verni and his assistant Chiefs Giuseppe Loiacono and Hudson Darrow.  

After the parade went through and was judged, the chiefs were joined by Captain John Hodge, Jr. and Lieutenant Brian Lamonica, Jr. on the stage. The department received proclamations commemorating the occasion from the leaders of local government, including Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, Suffolk Fire, Rescue and Emerg Medical Svcs & Preparedness Committee Chairperson Legislator Dominick Thorne, NY State Senator Dean Murry, NYS Assemblyman Joe DeStefano and FASNY Vice president Eugene Perry.

Several awards were also given out by Chief Verni and the Brookhaven Fire Department. They were as follows:

-Best Appearing Apparatus: Yaphank and Medford Fire Departments

-Best Appearing Antiques: Shady Grove Antique Fire Department & Mastic Fire Department

-Best Appearing Members in Line: South Country Ambulance & Bellport Fire Department

Several local bands played music throughout the event. No celebration of this type of monumental occasion would be complete without fireworks to end the night.

We want to congratulate the Brookhaven Fire Department on 100 years of service to the community and wish them the best in their next 100 years.  

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JOHN WALTHERSSenior Correspondent

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