The 45th Installation Dinner of the Huntington Township Fire Police Association was held on Saturday, March 12 at the Smithtown Fire Department. A full room of Fire Police members and guests were present to see the installation of officers and award presentations.
The Association is comprised of 16 Fire Police Units from departments in both the Towns of Smithtown and Huntington.
Smithtown Fire Department members received two special honors.
The major honor of the evening, the Fire Police of the Year Award, was presented to Ex Fire Police Captain, Ex Company 7 Captain, past Association President and current member of the Executive Board Gary Ruggiero.
The Fire Police Squad of the Year Award was presented to the Smithtown Fire Department.
Installed for his second terms as President of the Association was Smithtown FD member Doug Kronenberg.
Also Installed as Past Presidents on the Executive Board were Smithton FD members Rich Kondenar, Gary Ruggiero and Giovani “Cheech” Chiarelli.
All active members of the Smithtown Fire Police are duly sworn New York State Peace Officers when working at a scene. Fire Police squads provide their respective departments with traffic control at motor vehicle accidents, crowd and vehicle control and evidence preservation at alarm scenes, mutual aid for other neighboring departments, as well as working special details for large scale events and firematic funerals.