01/07/14 3:28pm
01/07/2014 3:28 PM
CARRIE MILLER | Firefighters at the scene of a basement fire on Kay Road in Calverton.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Firefighters at the scene of a basement fire on Kay Road in Calverton.

A painter working at a Calverton home alerted a family living in the home to a fire in the basement Tuesday afternoon, allowing everyone in the residence to escape safely.

Paul Ray was upstairs painting in a bedroom with two other men when he said he saw smoke coming from the basement. He alerted family members in the home to the threat, and six fire departments responded to the the fire.

A woman who said she lived in the home said, “[The painter] ran in the room and I just grabbed the kids and got out.”

Wading River, Riverhead, Manorville, Rocky Point, Sound Beach and Ridge Fire Departments were all on scene. The fire was contained and knocked down within a half hour.

Joy Parson, a next door neighbor, said that she had woken from a nap to see smoke pouring from the home. “I said ‘Oh my god,” she said.

The cause remains under investigation by the Riverhead Town Fire Marshals.

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01/07/14 9:33am

JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO | One of the two vehicles involved in a Tuesday morning crash on Route 24 in Calverton that sent two people to a hospital.

Two people were transported to a hospital Tuesday morning after two cars collided near the intersection of Route 24 and Long Island Expressway in Calverton.

According to Suffolk County police, one driver was attempting to turn onto the southbound LIE ramp, while the other driver was headed southbound on Route 24. The two cars crashed shortly after 8 a.m., police said.

Sgt. Dave Kopycinski said he was unsure which car was attempting to turn onto the LIE. Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“It’s just people not paying attention,” Sgt. Kopycinski said.

Suffolk County police, Riverhead fire department, Wading River fire department, Riverhead volunteer ambulance corps and Manorville volunteer ambulance all responded to the scene.

Route 24 was briefly closed following the crash.

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01/06/14 3:30pm
01/06/2014 3:30 PM

Wading_River_firehouseAfter getting the most calls it ever saw in a single calendar last year in 2012, the Wading River Fire Department got a little bit of relief in 2013. Well, barely.

The Wading River Fire Department answered 265 calls in 2013, just short of the 271 they responded to in 2012.

The numbers for the past three years are close, with 2011 seeing 262 fire department calls.

Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans attributed the increase to population increases in the hamlet and some of the big winter storms that hit the area. The department also gets a lot of calls at Wildwood State Park in the summer, he said.

According to United States Census data, Wading River’s population jumped 15 percent — from 6,668 to 7,719 — in the years between 2000 and 2010.

The department’s Emergency Medical Service ambulance crews saw a two percent increase in the number of calls it received, responding to 803 calls, up from 784 the previous year, according to numbers supplied by Steve Donnelly, the Wading River Fire District secretary.

Mr. Evans said he believes that is also either a department record or close to it.

“Basically, people call the ambulance now more than in the past, and a lot of it is for minor things,” he said.

Like most fire departments, the bulk of the calls Wading River Fire Department responded to in 2013 were automatic alarms, according to the numbers. The department responded to 167 automatic alarm calls, according to the numbers.

“We have more businesses with automatic alarms now, and there are more people on cells who sometimes call in minor things,” Mr. Evans said.

The department responded to 32 structure fires in 2013, which was up from 27 in 2012, but down from the 43 structure fires reported in 2011.

Chief Evans said that number fluctuates from year to year, and not all of them turn out to be working structure fires, but they are called in as such.

The fire department also responded to 18 outside fires, 12 calls for assistance, nine gas leaks, 8 water rescues, six calls for burning wires, five vehicle fires, five vehicle fires, 3 calls responding to odors that might be fires, three smoke investigations, one extrications and one watercraft incident, according to department statistics.

For the Wading River EMS unit, calls for general sickness topped the list with 154 calls, followed by people having trouble breathing, with 111. Falls, at 88, and motor vehicle accidents, at 71, were next, followed by 61 calls for an unconscious person and 51 traumatic injuries.

12/18/13 12:00pm
12/18/2013 12:00 PM

The Wading River Fire Department is hosting a blood drive from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the department firehouse.

Each donor will be entered into a raffle to win brunch for two at Desmond’s of East Wind Caterers in Wading River, compliments of East Wind, as well as the chance to win Super Bowl tickets.

New York Blood Center, which is running the drive, will also put donors names in a sweepstakes to win one pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII, valued at $2,500, according to a release from the center.

Anyone who donates blood at the center or a drive hosted by the center will be put in the sweepstakes until Jan. 17, according to the release.

Donations take about six to 10 minutes, and donors give about a pint of blood. An average adult has about 10 pints of blood, according to the National Institutes of Health.

That single pint of blood can help save as many as three lives, according to the Red Cross.

New York Blood Centers is always seeking O-negative blood type donors, which are universal. Only seven percent of people in the U.S. have O-negative blood type, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Donors must be at least 16 years old, weighing at least 110 pounds and cannot have gotten a tattoo in the past 12 months, according to the center. Children under 17 must have parental permission to donate. Donors must bring a photo ID.

Those wishing to donate who cannot make it tonight can schedule a donation at 1149 Old Country Road in Riverhead by calling 1-800-933-2566.

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09/30/13 8:39pm
09/30/2013 8:39 PM
JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO | North Wading River Road was shut down for about two hours on Monday afternoon.

JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO | North Wading River Road was shut down for about two hours on Monday afternoon.

Update, 1 p.m. Tuesday: Stony Brook University hospital said the man who exited his brother’s car is in critical condition.

Original story: Police say a Wading River man was driving drunk when his brother exited his car and hit the pavement along North Wading River Road, sending him to Stony Brook University Hospital in a helicopter.

Riverhead police said they received a call shortly after 5 p.m. reporting a man in the roadway, between Sylvan Drive and Hulse Avenue.

The man was reportedly unconscious when authorities arrived. Though Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans said a helicopter was called in to airlift the man to Stony Brook, he was reportedly breathing on his own when he was transported out.

Police arrested George Lamond on a DWI charge, though the incident remains under investigation.

It was unclear how or why Mr. Lamond’s brother exited the vehicle.

North Wading River Road was shut down for about two hours while police investigated.


06/29/13 5:11pm
06/29/2013 5:11 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Riverhead Fire Department was one of four fire crews to respond to a distress call from two boats in Long Island Sound Saturday.

Fire officials responded to a distress call from two stranded boats in Long Island Sound between Iron Pier Beach and Reeves Beach Saturday afternoon.

The two boats, a 21-footer and a 24-footer, were stranded without power, according to Riverhead Fire officials at Iron Pier Beach. As of 5 p.m., the boats were anchored in the Sound and no injuries were reported.

The Wading River, Jamesport and Mattituck Fire Departments also responded.

It was unclear how many people were on the boats. No other details were immediately available.

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06/23/13 5:35pm
06/23/2013 5:35 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A pair of friends was rescued off Hulse Landing Beach in Wading River Sunday afternoon.

The Wading River Fire Department’s water rescue team rescued two people almost a mile off Hulse Landing beach in the Long Island Sound Sunday afternoon.

A woman sailboarder who entered the water in Shoreham was beginning to struggle on the sailboard, and her male friend swam out to help her.

The man, who declined to give his name to a reporter, as did the woman, said he was swimming for about 45 minutes before he finally reached her and told her to hang onto the board while he pulled her to shore. He said he used to be a lifeguard and is a strong swimmer.

Police at the scene said the sailboard was about three quarters of a mile out to sea in the Long Island Sound. A Riverhead Town police officer on a four-wheel drive beach vehicle was alerted by people on the beach, who said the couple appeared to be struggling.

The Wading River Fire Department got the call at about 4 p.m. and initially called for mutual aid from the Riverhead and Rocky Point fire department’s water rescue teams, as well, but they canceled the request after they quickly located the pair in the water. A Suffolk County Police rescue boat also responded.

The pair was safely brought to shore by the Wading River Fire Department boat and both were uninjured and did not need medical attention.  The woman told police she had been in the water since 11 a.m.

The man told a reporter the rescue team “did a great job.”

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06/21/13 5:00pm
06/21/2013 5:00 PM
GOOGLE MAPS | Two people were rescued by a Good Samaritan in a kayak and Wading River firefighters Thursday evening.

GOOGLE MAPS | Two people were rescued by a Good Samaritan in a kayak and Wading River firefighters Thursday evening.

A kayaker helped Wading River firefighters rescue a father and his young daughter from Long Island Sound after their boat capsized Thursday evening, Wading River fire officials said.

A 36-year-old Shirley man and his 10-year-old daughter were in a canoe off Wading River beach on Creek Road when the boat flipped over about 6 p.m. and began taking on water, said Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans.

“Luckily they had life jackets and a whistle,” Chief Evans said.

The kayaker, a Shoreham woman who was in the area, heard the two stranded boaters using a whistle and came to their aid while fishermen on the beach called 911, Chief Evans said.

The Good Samaritan then paddled next to the flipped canoe and let the girl into her kayak, while the father clung to the side of the boat until rescue arrived.

Wading River firefighters got to the scene about 6:10 p.m. and used a department rescue boat to bring the kayaker and the father and daughter back to shore.

All three were evaluated by Wading River ambulance volunteers, but were not injured, police said. Chief Evans said the kayaker’s quick thinking helped to get the boater back to shore safely.

“She was key,” he said. “[She got] to them in minutes so they could stay afloat, and kept them visible in the water until our boat arrived and got them out.”

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