05/23/14 11:39am
05/23/2014 11:39 AM

A Riverhead detective investigates the remains of a minivan involved in Friday morning’s serious car accident on Main Road in Jamesport (Credit: Paul Squire)

UPDATE (May 24): An 82-year-old woman involved in a two-car accident in Jamesport Friday died from her injuries, a Stony Brook University Medical Center spokesman confirmed. Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of her car and crashed into a Honda minivan.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Massachusetts man and his three sons are expected to be transferred to Stony Brook University hospital after being injured in Friday morning’s serious two-car accident in Jamesport, Riverhead police said.

The other driver in the crash is also being treated at the hospital for “serious injuries,” while the mother of the three boys is recuperating after undergoing treatment in Riverhead, according to a police statement.

Police said 82-year-old Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of the car around a turn and drifted into the oncoming lane, smashing into a Honda minivan driven by 47-year-old Thomas Devlin of Massachusetts.

Fire Departments from across the East End responded to the scene, including Jamesport, Riverhead, Mattituck, Southold and Cutchogue. Firefighters cut open the Lexus door and cut off the roof of the minivan to reach victims trapped inside.

Flanders-Northampton and Riverhead ambulance volunteers also assisted.

Ms. Case was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later transfered to Stony Brook University hospital with “serious injuries,” according to a police statement.

Mr. Devlin, his wife Mairead, and the couple’s three sons  — ages 7, 11, and 13 — were all taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The couple’s three children who were injured were “alert” at the scene, said Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

A woman from Mattituck driving behind the minivan said she pulled over after the accident to try to assist. The woman — a nurse who gave her name as Diane — said the man and woman in the minivan told her that they just had just gotten off the ferry and were headed to a baseball tournament.

A Jamesport man said he heard the crash while in his garden nearly a mile away.

The stretch of Main Road opened to traffic about 2:30 p.m. after a three-hour accident investigation. New York State police has since taken over the investigation; no arrests are expected at this time, police said.

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03/21/14 3:30pm
03/21/2014 3:30 PM
Dan Doroski stands in front of his company's Engine No. 3 at the Jamesport firehouse (Credit: Paul Squire)

Dan Doroski stands in front of Engine No. 3 at the Jamesport firehouse (Credit: Paul Squire)

Firefighter Dan Doroski is one of Jamesport Fire Department’s newest members.

And this is something he’s always wanted to do, he says.

A student at Suffolk County Community College who is also getting his EMT certification, Mr. Doroski took time to chat with The Riverhead News-Review about his training, his experiences in the department and about the time a Jamesport rescue team came to his house decades ago to save him.

Q: When you were young, the Jamesport Fire Department helped care for you during an emergency. Do you remember that day?
A: Personally, I don’t. I was less than a year old, but my parents have told me the story and one of the guys [in the department] actually remembers coming to my house. I think I was 6 months old and I had a seizure from a fever and that why they were out here. It was pretty amazing.

Q: Did that inspire you to join the department?

A: Yeah… I was about halfway through my senior year. I just wanted to join because … I liked the whole brotherhood aspect of it and I wanted to help. It’s something I wanted to do when I get out of school. I also want to join the city fire department.

It’s like a big family. It’s good. Everybody has your back. Everybody jokes around, but its serious when it’s time.

Q: What’s the training like for a new firefighter?

A: It took me about six months to go through. We have to do a bunch of sit down classes and then we go into these hands-on training [sessions] where you do hose handling or simulate a firefighter down and car fires and flashovers and all that. And then you have your test … It’s not easy training, but it’s definitely well worth it.

Q: You’ve been out on calls since you joined the department. Do you remember the first time you volunteered?

A: My first call was a car accident on the Main Road. It was a guy with a truck and he took out a telephone pole. I remember just seeing that… you never forget your first call. Like my EMT teacher says, you always forget your first of everything: your first death, your first car accident, your first fire.

Q: What do you say to friends who ask you about what it takes to be a firefighter?

A: It’s well worth it. Me and one of my other friends, we got a lot of our new friends to join their fire departments. I’m always being asked how it is. [I say] it’s worth joining. It’s worth the experience.

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02/10/14 8:00pm
02/10/2014 8:00 PM

Lt. Stevie Czelatka Jr. in front of a Jamesport fire engine. (Courtesy photo)

Jamesport Fire Department Lt. Stevie Czelatka Jr. is the department’s 2013 Firefighter of the Year.

During his six years with the department, Lt. Czelatka has answered rescue calls during tropical storms and the 2012 wildfires in Manorville. He’s also the leader of the department’s probationary firefighter program.

We chatted with Lt. Czelatka about his family’s firefighting history, his most memorable calls, and what it means to help those in his community. (more…)

01/16/14 4:30pm
01/16/2014 4:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

Southold Town police say the Jamesport man who was killed after being struck by two cars while out jogging along Main Road in Laurel Thursday morning was lying in the road when he was hit by the vehicles.

James Callaghan, 49, was hit in dense fog before dawn about 250 feet east of Laurel Lane, according to a police statement.

He died at the scene, police said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but police said it appears that Mr. Callaghan was struck by two westbound vehicles — an SUV and a sedan — shortly before 5:45 a.m. The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured, police said.

Investigators are looking into whether Mr. Callaghan was hit by a first vehicle that left him in the road and fled the scene of the crash, according to a police statement. Police also said that Mr. Callaghan may have suffered a medical emergency while jogging that caused him to be lying in the road.

Authorities said Riverhead and Southold police were originally called to the scene.

Jamesport Fire Department’s heavy rescue team and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded but the scene was turned over to Mattituck’s rescue squad when it was determined that the crash had happened within their jurisdiction, fire officials said.

Mattituck firefighters closed Main Road in both directions while the scene was cleared; the road remained closed until about 2 p.m. while Southold police, the county District Attorney’s Vehicular Crime Bureau, crime lab, and county medical examiner’s office investigated the scene.

Police have asked anyone with information about the crash to call police detectives at (631) 765-2600.

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