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Suffolk County Honors Firefighters at Medal Day

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RIVERHEAD, NY - On Wednesday, September 27th, the Suffolk County Vocational Education and Extension board held its Annual Medal Day Ceremony.

This year’s ceremony was hosted at the Riverhead Fire Department. The Suffolk County VEEB was joined by local elected officials from across Suffolk County, as well as firefighters, chiefs and officers from numerous departments. There were several medals presented to firefighters for their heroic actions, as well as awards to Suffolk Fire Academy instructors and county coordinators.

The medal honorees were:

-Gold Medal of Valor: Justin Berry (Riverhead FD)

-Silver Medal of Valor: Christopher Ciaccio (Commack FD)

-Bronze Medal of Valor: Ryan Miller (Sag Harbor FD), Kevin O’Brien, Jr. (Sag Harbor FD), John Schroeder II (Sag Harbor FD), John M. Manzi (West Babylon FD)

-Honorable Mention: Raymond Kolb (Terryville FD) 

Suffolk County Fire Academy awards for instructors were given to:

-Jack Gibson Award: Deputy Chief Harry J. Kenning, III

-Al Nemecek Award: Deputy Chief Treavor Jones

Two Suffolk County Fire Coordinators were also honored as follows:

-Frank L. Obremski Memorial Award: Chief Bruce Smith

-Edward Tully Jr. Memorial Award: Chief Thomas Kriklava

Congratulations to all the honorees on a job well done!

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JOHN WALTHERSSenior Correspondent

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