Firefighter of the Year Award

2022 Recipient

Jared Lloyd (Awarded Posthumously)

Spring Valley Fire Department

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On March 23, 2021, the Spring Valley Fire Department was dispatched to reported smoke in a building. This is an assisted living facility for handicapped residents and senior citizens unable to live alone.

Upon arriving, the Chief reported flames coming from the roof with people trapped on the second floor. Arriving on the scene, the crew of 17-Tanker, the first-due engine, quickly recognized that this would be a life-saving operation, and immediately entered the building to begin searching for trapped victims.

Room after room, stairwell after stairwell and hallway after hallway, Firefighter Jared Lloyd, along with other firefighters from multiple departments, searched for victims. Over the course of 53 minutes, multiple trapped, helpless victims were removed from the smoke-filled building by Lloyd. With their Viber alarms sounding, indicating that they were in the danger zone for low air, the last victim was handed off to other firefighters that were in the hall.

Lloyd and another firefighter began to make their way out of the building, but Lloyd soon became disoriented and put out a mayday that he was trapped in Room 306. Unbeknownst to Lloyd, he was not the only firefighter in need of assistance. All firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building, making it impossible for crews to rescue Lloyd.

When a new member applies for membership in the Spring Valley FD, they indicate that they are willing to volunteer their service for the welfare of the Village of Spring Valley and its paid districts and that they are willing to do for their neighbor in case of fire as they would expect the neighbor to do for them. They are advised that a volunteer firefighter’s service is to the community and his or her reward is honor and respect, and that faithful service is the test.

On the morning of March 23, 2021, Firefighter Jared Lloyd volunteered his service for the welfare of the residents of Evergreen Court Home for Adults, the staff members and for the firefighters on the scene. He did for those residents as he would have expected us to do for him, which led to the ultimate sacrifice of his life for everyone.

Lloyd’s actions not only saved many of the residents and staff members, but he was also personally responsible for saving the life of a brother firefighter. If Lloyd was here today, many would be thanking him for all he did that night.

Adapted from a nomination by Spring Valley FD Chief Kenneth Conjura

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Past Award Recipients

1955J. Robert KramerLewis Tompkins Hose Company #1
1956Edward DixonGreat Neck Vigilants
1957William M. BelinsonEggertsville Hose Company
1958John Patrick Cronin IIITallman Fire Company #1
1959Dominic C. ZappiaMassena Fire Department
1960Donald BrownWest Carthage Fire Department
1961James GilliamLewiston Fire Company #2
1962Russell FleischmanWashington Engine Company #2
1963James H. JacksonAndover Fire Department
1964Donald H. PriceNyack Fire Department
1965Stephen R. BuckiHarris Hill Fire Company
1966Gary ElbertFlower Hill Hose Company #1
1967Gordon O. SchmidtSt. Paul Boulevard Fire Association
1968Jake ParrisPatchogue Fire Department
1969Thomas NamethSlater Chemical Fire Company
1970Charles L. OssontWestmoreland Fire Department
1971Barry SimmonsRhinebeck Fire Department
1972Hobart A. AbbeyForest View — Gang Mills Fire Deptartment
1973Harry CharkowMattituck Fire Department
1974John A. KeoghMattituck Fire Department
1975John Richard GreenMerrick Fire Department
1976Willard John HoytSouth Schodak Fire Company
1977Alton L. LewisMontour Falls Fire Department
1978George CannellaIslip Terrace Fire Department
1979Randall R. RhoadesEast Syracuse Fire Department
1980George Jerry DeanGates — Chili Fire Department
1981David A. SedlockMassena Fire Department
1982David L. CurleyDelhi Fire Department
1983Richard W. GehrtSmithtown Fire Department
1984Frederic FurmingerDepew Fire Department
1985Thomas A. PhillipsS. W.  Johnson Steam Fire Engine Company
1986Michael F. ReidMerrick Hook & Ladder Company #1
1987John L. HyzerBainbridge Fire Department
1988Paul Edward VinciguerraLindenhurst Chemical & Salvage Company #2
1989Robert A. FrankCentral Islip Fire Department
1990Robert HitchcockBlenheim Fire Department
1991Charles R. ZigrosserBayport Fire Department
1992George P. MotchkavitzGreat Neck Alert Engine Company
1993Robert PettigrewNorth Babylon Fire Company
1994Paul A. MacMurrayHudson Falls Fire Department
1995Kenneth T. JonesSayville Hook & Ladder Company #1
1995William H. Pyne IIISayville Hook & Ladder Company #1
1996David A. DiDioBellport Fire Department
1997Matthew F. MereckaFreeport Fire Department
1998Larry J. StumpoNorth Patchogue Fire Department
1999James S. FredericksMohegan Volunteer Fire Association, Inc.
2000Mark SposatoBrewerton Fire Department, Inc.
2001Raymond VallesOssining Steamer Company #1, Inc.
2001Donald J. FarrellCataract Hose Company #2
2001John SimkinsOssining Fire Department
2001William H. Brown IIIOssining Fire Department
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2003Brian StevensManlius Vol. Fire Company, Inc.
2004John C. Glidden IIIHuntington Manor Fire Department
2004Frederick Steenson Jr.Huntington Manor Fire Department
2004Richard PrudenteHuntington Manor Fire Department
2005Joseph CirincioneRush Fire Department
2005Michael TerzoRush Fire Department
2005Peter HenryRush Fire Department
2005James BucciRush Fire Department
2006Richard J. GimblHolbrook Fire Department
2007Lieutenant Al CinottiWest Islip Fire Department
2008Lieutenant Edward KunzBay Shore Fire Department
2008Lieutenant John Ippolito Jr.Bay Shore Fire Department
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2010Aldo CacciottiVerona Fire Department
2010Jeff HugunineVerona Fire Department
2011Second Assistant Chief Brian J. LenaMahopac Volunteer Fire Department
2011Captain William J. “Billy” BahrMahopac Volunteer Fire Department
2012Andrew KolesarWest Haverstraw Fire Department
2013John CurleyBellmore Fire Department
2014Thomas J. GormanBohemia Fire Department
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2015Steve ZaferakisMoyers Corners Fire Department
2015Phil VogtMoyers Corners Fire Department
2015Ryan WhitmoreMoyers Corners Fire Department
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