Montauk Fire Department Corner: December 2022

Richard Lewin, Kathleen Ernst, Virginia Garrison, & Tom Grenci

Photos by Richard Lewin Professional Photography (

Welcome to this month’s edition of Montauk Fire Department Corner. Hope that everyone had a healthy and safe Thanksgiving with loved ones. The MFD, like everyone else, is getting ready for the upcoming holidays.

The annual Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner hosted by the Montauk Fire Department and the Montauk Point Lions Club took place at the firehouse on Sunday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. It was the first time in two years that were able to have people gathering indoors for this lovely dinner.

Santa Claus will be arriving at the Montauk Fire House on Sunday, December 11th at 1:00 p.m. No need for reservations…just show up and meet Santa. It’s a great time for kids of all ages.

A big congratulations and thank you to Firefighter Bob Sanchez. Bob recently retired from his career with the East Hampton Town Highway Department and retired from the Montauk Fire Department after 20 years of service. Bob has relocated to Florida with his wife, daughter, and grandchildren. We wish him the best. He will be missed around the fire house and the community of Montauk.

Thank you to the Montauk Library for exhibiting an historic display honoring the men and women of the Montauk Fire Department. It is always so very nice when an organization like the Library recognizes the Fire Department’s efforts. Many of the photos and exhibits were lent to the library by Ex-Chief Tom Grenci (the Department Historian), and Honorary Chief Richard Lewin, professional photographer and friend to the MFD for many years. Thank you also to Joan Lycke and Dick White for their contributions, and to Montauk Library’s Virginia Garrison and Kathleen Ernst for creating the presentation which will be on view at least through January 2023. (See photo above.)

As you may know, the recent work on the Montauk Skateboard Park on Essex Street has progressed to the point that it has become a skating destination for skaters from all over the County. The Montauk Fire Department EMS and RESCUE proactively held a drill recently at the park so they can be prepared for any eventuality.

Lastly, Company No. 6, the Fire Police Company of the Montauk Fire Department, assisted the East Hampton Town Police Department with this year’s annual Halloween Day parade. It was a beautiful day celebrated by over five hundred children, parents and grandparents. Please see the photos of Joseph Nigro having a fun day walking with his mother Fallon, and fifth graders Sadie Matthews and Maggie Shea enjoying a march with a lot of their friends.

That’s it for this month’s Montauk Fire Department Corner. One last thank you to the folks at The Montauk Sun who give us the opportunity to keep the citizens and visitors to Montauk up to date about the Department. Have a wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year.

See you next month.