03/30/13 2:12pm
03/30/2013 2:12 PM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO |  The outside of Riverhead Honda Saturday afternoon.

A Riverhead Honda worker was sent to an area hospital Saturday afternoon after crashing a store motorcycle, Riverhead Town police said.

A man, identified as a Riverhead Honda employee, was making a right out of the Pulaski Street store at about 12:30 p.m. when he lost control of the bike, police said.

The employee was transported by Riverhead ambulance volunteers to Peconic Bay Medical Center with non-life threatening injures, police said.

03/17/13 12:10pm
03/17/2013 12:10 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after he crashed into a tree on Shultz Road Sunday morning.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after he crashed into a tree on Shultz Road Sunday morning.

A man was injured in Calverton after the car he was driving collided with a tree on the side of the road Sunday morning, police said.

The man was driving a white Chrysler Sebring JX south on Shultz Road about 10:55 a.m. when he lost control of the car and hit a tree on the west side of the road, police at the scene said.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers and firefighters from the Manorville Fire Department rushed to the scene. Manorville fire crews helped secure the car while the man was treated by ambulance volunteers.

The man, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, suffered a cut to his head and an injury to his right leg in the crash, police said. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

No one else was in the car, police said.

Shultz Road was closed while the victim was pulled out of the car and taken to the hospital. The road was still closed as of 11:45 a.m.


02/11/13 10:08am
02/11/2013 10:08 AM

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Riverhead Ambulance volunteers help a Paraco Gas worker to the hospital after he slipped and fell Monday morning.

A worker was rushed the hospital after taking a fall at the Paraco Gas facility on Kroemer Avenue in Riverhead Monday morning.

The man, who was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Ambulance, suffered a possible broken leg, a co-worker said.

Additionally, two motor vehicle accidents were reported nearby in Eastport: one on the eastbound Sunrise highway exit ramp at Eastport Manor Road and the other on Old Country Road west of Tuttle Avenue.

At least three abandoned vehicles could be found on Route 25 between Wading River-Manor Road and Route 25A at 9 a.m. Monday, including at least one left behind today.

Due the still unsafe road conditions, Riverhead Town cancelled sanitation service Monday, officials announced.

“Residents who normally have Monday service may put their trash out on their second pickup on Thursday,” officials said.

For additional assistance, leave a message with the sanitation department at 727-3200, ext. 391. Calls will be returned as soon as possible.


10/27/12 8:00am
10/27/2012 8:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Reeves Park residents place candles at a small memorial for Tom Kelly near Sound Avenue earlier this month on Sept. 11.

Riverhead Town Board members discussed Thursday the prospects of naming the Riverhead Ambulance barn after Heidi Behr, the Riverhead volunteer who was killed when the ambulance she was in crashed in May 2005.

Another volunteer, Bill Stone of Ridge, also died in that crash. Both were in the back of the ambulance caring for a cardiac patient when the ambulance hit a tree on Route 25 in Aquebogue.

And Councilman Jim Wooten said the town recreation department has been planning to create a new handicapped accessible playground at Stotzky Park and name that after Heidi, who’s son Jared is disabled. The recreation department doesn’t have the money to do that park yet, Mr. Wooten said.

Recently, there have been a number of proposals to name things in honor of Ms. Behr and other volunteers in town.

Bob Kelly of Riverhead recently suggested that the 9/11 Memorial Park slated for a four-acre site on Park Road and Sound Avenue have an area honoring emergency services volunteers like Ms. Behr and Mr. Stone.

The Park Road park already has a small monument in honor of Bob Kelly’s brother, Tom, a New York City firefighter who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Heidi Behr’s mother, June, said she and her husband, John, discussed that offer and she said they would accept it.

June Behr originally said she didn’t want to take away from the monument to Tom Kelly and that she wanted to discuss it with her husband. She said her husband had the same concerns, but both agreed when told it was Bob Kelly suggesting that an area at the proposed park be named for Heidi.

Supervisor Sean Walter said he has heard people like former Supervisor Jim Stark and Bruce Tria of WRIV 1390 radio criticize the town for not doing anything to honor Ms. Behr.

“I would like to have seen the ambulance corps come to us and say we’d like you to do something in memory of Heidi Behr, and they haven’t done that,” Mr. Walter said.

Mr. Wooten said “there is something afoot.”

Officials from the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance corps could not be immediately be reached for comment.

“That’s what I was thinking about, naming the ambulance barn after Heidi Behr,” Councilman John Dunleavy said. “The easiest thing for us to do right now is name the ambulance barn after Heidi Behr. It would only cost us a sign and the dedication of it and we can do it immediately.”

Mr. Wooten said that when he first took office, he wanted to establish a handicapped accessible playground at Stotzky Park for Jared, because there are currently no handicapped accessible playgrounds in the town.

Mr. Walter said he supports the idea of naming the ambulance barn after Ms. Behr but that he wanted to first get feedback from the ambulance corps.


10/01/12 5:54pm
10/01/2012 5:54 PM
Ostrander Avenue, Route 58, RIverhead Fire Department

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Emergency crews on the scene of a three-car crash at the intersection of Route 58 and Ostrander Avenue Monday afternoon.

Two people were injured in a three-car crash in Riverhead Monday, officials said.

The driver of a Lincoln Continental was heading east on Route 58 at Ostrander Avenue about 4:45 p.m. when his car collided with a Mitsubishi sedan heading north through the intersection, Riverhead police said.

The force of the collision then pushed the Mitsubishi into a westbound van that was waiting at the traffic light.

Martin Marulanda, the driver of the van, said the Lincoln “was going about 50 mph and ran a red light” when it hit the Mitsubishi.

Police at the scene could not confirm that account.

Mr. Marulanda escaped injury, but the drivers — and sole occupants — of the other two vehicles were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead ambulance volunteers.

Names were not available for the male driver of the Lincoln or the female driver of the Mitsubishi.

Police said described the injuries as not life threatening.

The Riverhead Fire Department also responded to the scene with heavy rescue equipment, although extrication was not needed, and assisted at the scene.

Traffic was diverted from parts of Route 58 while the accident was being investigated. The road reopened about 5:30 p.m.


Route 58, Riverhead Police

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Both sedans involved in Monday’s crash sustained front-end damage.

Riverhead Ambulance, Riverhead Fire Department

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Both sedans involved in Monday’s crash sustained front-end damage.

07/17/12 3:00pm
07/17/2012 3:00 PM
BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp board president Kim Porkorny (center) and vice president Joe Sokoloski (far left) accepted donation s from 'Heidi's Helping Angels' honoree members (from left) June and John Behr and president Jim Stark Tuesday afternoon.

BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp board president Kim Porkorny (center) and vice president Joe Sokoloski (far left) accepted donation s from ‘Heidi’s Helping Angels’ honoree members (from left) June and John Behr and president Jim Stark Tuesday afternoon.

Former Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps chief Ron Rowe is back home recovering after being airlifted from the scene of a car accident earlier this month.

But while the 47-year-old faces a long road to recovery, ambulance volunteers, fire departments, neighbors and friends have rallied to help his family through the tough times, raising more than $2,000 since the crash.

The fundraiser just received its largest donation yet from a foundation set up in memory of a Riverhead volunteer who was killed in an ambulance accident seven years ago. Heidi’s Helping Angels Inc. donated $500 Tuesday afternoon to the effort to help Mr. Rowe and his 22-year-old daughter, Alyssa, who was also injured in the crash.

The Rowes were hospitalized after their pickup truck smashed into the back of a delivery truck on Middle Country Road on July 6.

According to police, the two were driving westbound in a black Chevrolet Silverado about 5 p.m. when they crashed into a Peter’s Fruit Company truck driven by Edward Eastman of Mastic, which was stopped in the road trying to make a left turn.

Mr. Eastman was not hurt.

Riverhead firefighters had to cut away the truck’s roof and door to remove the victims, said police Sgt. Tim Palmer.

Mr. Rowe, a volunteer with the corps for more than 20 years who had also served as board president, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, while his daughter was taken by ambulance to the same hospital.

Ms. Rowe, a lieutenant in the corps, was released from the hospital and is still on crutches.

She marched, albeit on a medical bed, with her fellow ambulance volunteers during the Jamesport Fire Department parade last week.

It is unknown how long Mr. Rowe will be recovering from his injuries, said current corps board president Kim Pokorny, adding that he must eat through a syringe after he underwent surgery to repair his face.

Heidi’s Helping Angels was founded in memory of Heidi Behr, a 23-year-old single mother and ambulance volunteer who was killed on the job when the ambulance she was in struck a tree in Aquebogue during a call in 2005.

Another ambulance worker, William Stone, also died in the crash.

The organization normally gives thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors who volunteer for community service, said president and former Riverhead supervisor Jim Stark. But the group quickly decided that donating to the Rowes fund was the right thing to do.

“It spread very quickly among our board of directors,” Mr. Stark said. “I got responses within five minutes from all seven of them: ‘No problem.’

“Everyone felt so strongly about giving back to those who gave back to us.”

Mr. Stark said it’s moments like the Behr tragedy or the Rowes’ accident that remind the community just how much volunteers in the ambulance corps and fire department sacrifice for others.

“I think we take a lot of things for granted,” he said. “The fire department, the ambulance corps, they’ll always be there for us.”

It’s not just Heidi’s Helping Angels who have donated. According to the fundraiser’s website, Riverhead Fire Department dispatchers, Jamesport Fire Department volunteers and others have donated hundreds of dollars to the cause.

Visit http://www.gofundme.com/Rally-For-Ronnie to donate.

Friends will also holding a car wash to benefit the family this Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Chase Bank near Walmart on Route 58.