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…)

02/07/14 2:52pm
02/07/2014 2:52 PM
LISA CORWIN COURTESY PHOTO | (L-R) Chief Joseph Oliver sweats in Mai Hennessey, Kristen Murphy and Jake Phillips.

LISA CORWIN COURTESY PHOTO | (L-R) Chief Joseph Oliver swears in Mai Hennessey, Kristen Murphy and Jake Phillips.

Three new volunteers were welcomed the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps at its general meeting Thursday night. Chief Joseph Oliver swore in Mai Hennessey, Kristen Murphy and Jake Phillips at the event.

Ms. Hennessey and Ms. Murphy are both EMTs and come from out of town, while Mr. Phillips lives in Riverhead, said assistant chief Lisa Corwin.

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01/13/14 10:00am
01/13/2014 10:00 AM
COURTESY PHOTO | (L-R) Chief Joseph Oliver, Assistant Chief Lisa Corwin, Lieutenant Kara Kurtz, Captain Steve Sypher, Captain Rod Richardson, Lieutenant Amanda Zilnicki, and Lieutenant Heather Bingham. Lieutenant Suzanne Smith is not pictured.

COURTESY PHOTO | (L-R) Chief Joseph Oliver, Assistant Chief Lisa Corwin, Lieutenant Kara Kurtz, Captain Steve Sypher, Captain Rod Richardson, Lieutenant Amanda Zilnicki, and Lieutenant Heather Bingham. Lieutenant Suzanne Smith is not pictured.

After a snowstorm postponed its first monthly meeting, the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps swore in this year’s new officers at its rescheduled monthly meeting last Tuesday.

Officers for 2014 include Chief Joseph Oliver, Assistant Chief Lisa Corwin, Lieutenant Kara Kurtz, Lieutenant Amanda Zilnicki, Lieutenant Heather Bingham, Lieutenant Suzanne Smith, Captain Steve Sypher and Captain Rod Richardson.

The ambulance corps was founded in 1978 and provides ambulance services and emergency medical care to nearly 80 square miles of Riverhead Town from Calverton to Aquebogue.

10/23/13 2:30pm
10/23/2013 2:30 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Three people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a crash at the corner of Northville Turnpike and Oliver Street.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Three people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a crash at the corner of Northville Turnpike and Oliver Street.

Update: A Riverhead man has been charged with unlicensed driving after Wednesday morning’s car crash that sent a sedan through the foundation of a Northville Turnpike home, police said.

Robert Russo, 23, was arrested after he was treated for minor injuries and charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Riverhead Town Justice Court Wednesday afternoon and released on his own recognizance.

Original story: Three people were hospitalized after a car careened off Northville Turnpike Wednesday morning, going airborne after hitting a berm and crashing into the side of a home.

A Volkswagon Jetta driving south on Northville Turnpike shortly before 10 a.m. flew off the road and into the side of the home, cracking the foundation and shattering windows in the process.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead Fire Marshal David Andruskiewicz said the building didn't sustain major structural damage.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead Fire Marshal David Andruskiewicz said the building didn’t sustain major structural damage.

“It sounded like a big truck, like a Mack truck, flipped over in the yard,” said one witness who asked not to be named. “I looked out and saw a big cloud of smoke.”

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps chief Joey Oliver said two men in the car — the driver and passenger — were hospitalized and one more woman sitting inside the home suffered minor injuries after the “force of the impact threw her.”

One of the men in the car suffered head lacerations, according to police.

Both RVAC and Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Company responded to the scene. Police said they are investigating the cause of the crash.

Riverhead Fire Marshal David Andruskiewicz said the building suffered damage to the crawlspace wall, but no major structural damage.

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