Montauk Fire Department Corner March 2020

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William Pitts & Michael Mirras

Welcome to this month’s edition of Montauk Fire Department Corner. I’m sure everyone has had enough of winter (although it hasn’t been too bad) and is looking forward to the beginning of spring which is only two short weeks away. I know I am.

James Wright, William Pitts, Rich Schoen, Joseph Dryer & Michael Mirras

First, I’d like to congratulate Bill Pitts who won his election as Fire Commissioner in December 2019. Bill has been a Montauk Fireman for over fifty years. He is an ex-Chief, and certainly knows all the ins and outs of what the Montauk Fire District needs to do to continue providing our citizens with top quality fire protection and emergency medical services. I wish Bill well in his next five years as District Commissioner, and I look forward to working with him on issues related to the Montauk Fire Department. Please enjoy the photographs of Bill’s swearing in provided by Honorary Chief Rich Lewin.


I would also like to recognize, and congratulate Fireman Charlie Morici. Charlie has been selected by the Montauk Friends of Erin to be this year’s Grand Marshal for the Montauk Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Charlie has also been a Montauk Fireman for over fifty years, and I commend the Montauk Friends of Erin for selecting Charlie for this honor.  I look forward to leading the Montauk Fire Department in the line of march on Sunday, March 22nd to support Charlie as Grand Marshal and to support the Montauk Friends of Erin. I hope everyone can make it to the parade. It’s always a great day for Montauk. Please enjoy the photos taken by Rich Lewin.

As you may or may not know, Randy Hoffman, a local man from East Hampton, and a paramedic for Montauk and several other local departments, has been paralyzed as the result of a spinal surgery. On Saturday, February 8th the Montauk Fire Department hosted a spaghetti dinner fund raiser called “Pasta with a Purpose” for Randy. The turnout from the community was sensational. There were over 600 dinners served that night, which, coupled with other donations, the Department was able to raise approximately $20,000.00 to assist Randy. I am so proud that it was the Montauk Fire Department hosting this event. I want to thank Chuck Morici, Chairman of the event, the entire Department, and others who volunteered their time to make it such a success. Most importantly, on behalf of the men and women of the Montauk Fire Department, I want to wish Randy a quick and full recovery. Please enjoy the photos from the Dinner taken by Honorary Chief Richard Lewin.

Lastly, I’d like to make an appeal for volunteers to join the ranks of the Montauk Fire Department, either as a Firefighter, or as an EMT. We will soon be announcing the date for the Firefighter 1 course of instruction that will be given in Wainscott. We are always looking for new volunteers, and I’m asking you to please consider it. Thank you very much.

Until next month,

                        ~ David Ryan, Chief, Montauk Fire Department