11/15/14 12:25pm
11/15/2014 12:25 PM
A shooting 'victim' is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning's active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

A shooting ‘victim’ is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning’s active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

David Wicks said he couldn’t help but get a bit emotional during Saturday’s active shooter drill in Calverton, where police and ambulance workers simulated a mass shooting inside Riley Avenue Elementary School.

About 70 high school students and other volunteers also participated in the drill, during which two people were “killed,” and several others were dragged from the school or carried out, fake-bloodied and bandaged.

A Suffolk police helicopter also landed in a nearby field.

“It was very real for me; I had chills,” said Mr. Wicks, a Riverhead School District assistant superintendent. “I felt myself getting emotional. The real sobering thing is how much time can pass before help gets here.

“But it made me feel good because our lockdown procedures do help.”

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10/10/14 6:22am
10/10/2014 6:22 AM
A police officer investigates the scene where a pickup truck collided with an ambulance. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A police officer investigates the scene where an SUV collided with an ambulance. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A Riverhead ambulance en route to Stony Brook University Hospital was struck by an SUV in Riverhead Thursday night at the intersection of Middle Road and Northville Turnpike, town police said in a press release. (more…)

05/19/14 8:00am
05/19/2014 8:00 AM
HIghway department workers install a street sign last year along the Peconic River in memory of fallen ambulance volunteer Heidi Behr, as the Behr family —  Heidi's grandmother Dorothy, mother June, father John and sister Dana look on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

HIghway department workers install a street sign last year along the Peconic River in memory of fallen ambulance volunteer Heidi Behr, as the Behr family — Heidi’s grandmother Dorothy, mother June, father John and sister Dana look on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Nine years after two people were killed in an Aquebogue ambulance crash while transporting a cardiac patient, two of three claims filed by the victims’ families against Riverhead Town and the ambulance company have been thrown out of court.
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05/04/14 3:16pm
05/04/2014 3:16 PM
Fellow bikers assist police and ambulance personnel on the scene of a two motorcycle crash on Sound Avenue in Riverhead Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Fellow bikers assist police and ambulance personnel on the scene of a two motorcycle crash on Sound Avenue in Riverhead Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A motorcyclist was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center after he was injured  in a two-motorcycle crash in Riverhead Sunday, Riverhead Town police said.

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02/26/14 1:00pm
02/26/2014 1:00 PM
(Courtesy photo) Lifetime achievement award winner Betty Harris (third from left) accepts her award with Corps board members Ron Rowe, Keith Lewin, Bruce Talmage and Kim Pokorney and Chief Joseph Oliver at the corps' dinner Saturday night.

Lifetime achievement award winner Betty Harris (third from left) accepts her award with Corps board members Ron Rowe, Keith Lewin, Bruce Talmage, Kim Pokorney and Chief Joseph Oliver at the corps’ dinner Saturday night. (Courtesy photo)

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps inducted new members, recognized top responders and honored a longtime member with a lifetime achievement award at its annual dinner and gala at the Long Island Aquarium Saturday.  (more…)