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Top 10 Fire Stories of 2011

Monumental blazes - including one that took a life - car crashes, rescues, and other fire department news from the past year.

Udell Way Blaze: About 70 firefighters from the East Northport, Commack and Northport fire departments battled a in East Northport on Jan. 8 that had engulfed a garage and living room of a home. The fire took a half an hour to put out using 10 pieces of equiptment and destroyed two vintage cars. Luckily, .

Fatal Juliet Lane Fire: on Juliet Lane in Fort Salonga on Jan. 4. Firefighters found Timothy Salsone, 51, on a bed in the master bedroom after a neighbor reported the fire.

WTC Steel Beam Arrives at East Northport Fire Dept: The East Northport Fire Department received a on March 10. "This is huge, but not as much in weight as in priceless sentimental value. A reminder to all that 3,000 people were killed during the greatest attack on American soil. Something that we should never forget," said Lieutenant Frank Giovinco, who also serves as the chair of the annual September 11 Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil.

Northport Ladies Auxiliary 75th Anniversary: The was founded on Dec. 16 1935 by 24 women. In January, the current members at Nocello's and received commemorative pins and thanks from Chief John McKenna. In attendance was retired Honor Roll member Rita Dehn, 102, who first joined in 1946.

Northport Fire Dept Responds to Irene [Video]: Tropical Storm Irene left downed trees all over Northport and downed some very dangerous primary power lines shooting out enough voltage to turn pavement to glass. .

East Northport Fire Dept Gets a New Commissioner: on Jan. 1 after winning the Dec. 13 E. Northport Fire District election 373 to 221. The five-year term will run through January 2016.

Cyclist Struck, Killed on Elwood Road: Buenaventura Sorto Vasquez was riding his bicycle on the shoulder heading north on Elwood Road on Dec. 13 when he entered the roadway and was struck by a 1995 Dodge pickup truck, driven by Eric Schmidt, at the intersection with Rocco Drive. The Dodge then struck a pole. Vasquez, 54, was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was . Schmidt, 19, of Northport, was not injured in the crash.

Six Car Accident in Northport Library Parking Lot: An 80 year old man was unharmed after in the parking lot of the Northport library in October.

Head-On Collision Sends Two to Hospital: Two people were transported to Huntington Hospital with back injuries after a in August.

SUV Flips in Single Car Crash on Woodbine [Video]: Northport High School student and member of the Class of 2011 Adriana Gionis in June after hitting a guard rail between 5th Avenue and Fox Lane.

Rob December 31, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Have we gotten so low as a society that we are voting on "top" fires of 2011? Ask the victims of these fires if they think their misfortune is worth the number one trophy spot. Small town news...if there isn't any to write, then don't write it.
Leah Bush (Editor) December 31, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Hi Rob, I see where you're coming from but I think of it more as highlighting the work that the fire departments have done.
Jess January 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I understand the Patch is trying to highlight the work of our police and fire departments, however, I agree with Rob. Perhaps the wording of the article could have been in better taste. How can one vote on a "top" story where someone DIED??
bart January 02, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I also understand the concept of reviewing the efforts of our first responders, but the way the. Title is displayed is weird and should be looked over. "tragic accidents of 2011" or "serious incidents of 2011"
Leah Bush (Editor) January 02, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Hi Bart, it would have been weird regardless of how I phrased it. I don't think voting on the "top" tragic accident of 2011 would have been apropos either a. because is not only comprised of accidents, and b. because people would think strangely on voting on that topic as well. Perhaps I should have just left the poll off altogether as I do agree that it may seem somewhat morbid.
Paul Kemp January 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
The poll is morbid and in poor taste.

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