The Springs Fire Department gave out its annual awards honoring its members for their dedication and service on Saturday night at East Hampton Point restaurant. The event was marred by the death of veteran department member Larry Miller, who collapsed in the restaurant bathroom.
Not long before, Mr. Miller had received a commendation for 40 years of service in the Springs Fire Department and five years in the East Hampton Department, which covered Springs before the separate department there was founded.
The department bestowed its Fireman of the Year award on two members this year: Tim Weber and Kenneth Brabant Sr., father of the department’s current chief, Kenneth Brabant Jr. They were honored for their bravery in entering a burning house on Manor Lane in early 2007 to rescue a woman who was asleep on a couch inside. The two firemen carried the woman, Jill Siegal, from the burning house but she was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
For the first time, the department also gave out an Ambulance Personnel of the Year award to a member of the department’s ambulance crews. Valon Shoshi received the award for his dedication to duty on the ambulance corps.
Fireman David King received the Chief’s Appreciation Award from Chief Brabant and Karen Haab received the Officer of the Year award. Unit 942 was honored as the top unit in 2007.
Firemen Pat Lyons and Glen Barker were honored for their 25 years of service in the Springs Fire Department and Mr. Lyons was also honored for 30 years of combined service with the Springs and East Hampton departments.
Nina Davis received an award for 30 years of service in the Springs department and Tom Jacobs and Mike Caputo were honored for 35 years of service in the department.