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Last April, heading back to a campsite he’d rented with family and friends at Indian Island County Park following a Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps installation dinner, Joseph Oliver noticed a bumper lying in the road. READ

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Jared Behr, curled into a ball on a bean-bag chair, rarely unclenches his hands on his own. The 12-year-old boy’s cerebral palsy makes him tense up, his grandmother June Behr, explained.

But now Jared — the son of Heidi Behr, a Riverhead EMT who was killed in an ambulance crash 11 years ago — has a friend to help. When Jared pets his assistance dog Zuko, Ms. Behr said, he can finally feel at peace. READ

05/04/15 10:00am
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Heidi Behr's family and friends gathered Sunday at Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp's headquarters for a memorial service. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos and video)

Heidi Behr’s family and friends gathered Sunday at Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp’s headquarters for a memorial service. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps has unveiled a memorial to honor two of its members that died in a crash while transporting a patient to the hospital in 2005.

The “Heidi J. Behr William A. Stone Reflecting Memorial” consists of a fountain surrounded by a pair of benches at the ambulance headquarters on Osborne Avenue.

Kim Pokorny, president of the ambulance corp, said Allan Schule of Sound Shore Pond and Landscape in Wading River donated the memorial and worked hard to make sure it was prepared for Sunday, which marked the 10th anniversary of when Ms. Behr and Mr. Stone were killed.


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From left: Friends Christopher Lull, Isabella "Izzy" DiPierro and Tyrek Highsmith were honored by Heidi's Helping Angels Saturday for their part in rescuing a man Dec. 29. (Credit: Rachel Young)

From left: Friends Christopher Lull, Isabella “Izzy” DiPierro and Tyrek Highsmith were honored by Heidi’s Helping Angels Saturday for their part in rescuing a man Dec. 29. (Credit: Rachel Young)

On Saturday morning, three local teenagers were honored by Heidi’s Helping Angels for their part in rescuing an unidentified Medford man who Riverhead police said fell into the Peconic River near McDermott Avenue Dec. 27.  (more…)

07/02/13 4:00pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | HIghway department workers Ed Reeve (center) and Chris Bugee install a street sign Tuesday morning 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. Jim Stark of the ‘Heidi’s Helping Angels’ group and Highway Superintendent George ‘Gio’ Woodson were also on hand.

The road running along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead is now officially known as Heidi Behr Way, honoring a Riverhead ambulance volunteer who died at the age of 23 in a tragic ambulance crash in May of 2005.

Town highway department workers installed the sign Tuesday morning as Heidi’s parents, June and John, her sister Dana, and her grandmother Dorothy, looked on.

The non-profit group Heidi’s Helping Angels had urged the Town Board to name the road after Heidi in April, and the board approved the measure in May.

“It’s nice to have her remembered,” John Behr told The News-Review at the time. “We grew up on the river over on Riverside Drive, so she used to walk there a lot. It’s a tribute to her.”

Heidi’s Helping Angels paid for the two signs, one at Peconic Avenue and one at McDermott Avenue, and donated them to the town highway department, according to Jim Stark of Heidi’s Helping Angels.

“Part of our mission statement is to memorialize Heidi’s memory for the sacrifice she made to the community,” Mr. Stark said. “One of the things that the Behr family has always wanted was something named after Heidi, to show the community that our first responders are very important.”

Heidi was one of two emergency medical technicians that died in the 2005 ambulance crash, which happened as they were transporting an elderly patient to the hospital on Main Road in Aquebogue.

Bill Stone, who was a paid EMT and lived in Ridge, also died in the crash.

Heidi Behr left behind her son, Jared, who was just 13 months old at the time and has severe disabilities. He has been raised by the Behr family since then.

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06/18/13 4:13pm
06/18/2013 4:13 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO |  The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance headquarters will be named after both Heidi Behr and Bill Stone.

Earlier this year, the Riverhead Town Board voted to name a section of road in downtown’s riverfront parking lot after Heidi Behr, a Riverhead ambulance volunteer who died in an ambulance crash in May 2005 while responding to a call.

Board members also agreed to name the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance headquarters after Ms. Behr, who was one of two emergency medical technicians who died in the 2005 crash. The other, Bill Stone of Ridge, was a paid EMT. But members of the ambulance board said last week that after speaking with the families of both Ms. Behr and Mr. Stone, they believe both should be honored.

“The ambulance corps is very insistent it be named for Bill and Heidi, not just Heidi,” board president Bruce Talmage told the Town Board last Thursday.

“I have no problem with that,” Supervisor Sean Walter responded. The proposal was met with no opposition from Town Board members.

The ambulance board suggested putting the name on an electronic sign with a rolling message board, although Town Board members said those are not permitted by the town’s sign code. Town officials agreed to let the ambulance board come up with the language and design for the sign and to bring it back at a future meeting for discussion.

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05/07/13 2:00pm
05/07/2013 2:00 PM


The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday unanimously voted on a resolution to authorize the board to adopt its development plans for the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

The plans include a proposed 50-lot subdivision map, marketing study and new zoning recommendations, all of which are being developed through a $500,000 contract the town signed with VHB Engineering two years ago.

The resolution will effectively start the state environmental impact study of the subdivision map, a process that’s expected to take more than a year to complete.

The board also approved a resolution to name a road that runs along the Peconic River from Peconic Avenue to McDermott Avenue downtown in honor of Heidi Behr, a Riverhead ambulance volunteer who died in a May 2005 ambulance crash while helping a heart attack patient in an ambulance.

Board members also heard some opposition to a proposal to put restrictions on houseboats in town, and adopted increased fees for the Riverhead Water District.

Click below to read the recap from reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting. The full agenda and resolution packet are below.

May_7,_2013_-_Agenda by rnews_review

May_7,_2013_-_Packet by rnews_review