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

1955 J. Robert Kramer Lewis Tompkins Hose Company #1
1956 Edward Dixon Great Neck Vigilants
1957 William M. Belinson Eggertsville Hose Company
1958 John Patrick Cronin III Tallman Fire Company #1
1959 Dominic C. Zappia Massena Fire Department
1960 Donald Brown West Carthage Fire Department
1961 James Gilliam Lewiston Fire Company #2
1962 Russell Fleischman Washington Engine Company #2
1963 James H. Jackson Andover Fire Department
1964 Donald H. Price Nyack Fire Department
1965 Stephen R. Bucki Harris Hill Fire Company
1966 Gary Elbert Flower Hill Hose Company #1
1967 Gordon O. Schmidt St. Paul Boulevard Fire Association
1968 Jake Parris Patchogue Fire Department
1969 Thomas Nameth Slater Chemical Fire Company
1970 Charles L. Ossont Westmoreland Fire Department
1971 Barry Simmons Rhinebeck Fire Department
1972 Hobart A. Abbey Forest View — Gang Mills Fire Deptartment
1973 Harry Charkow Mattituck Fire Department
1974 John A. Keogh Mattituck Fire Department
1975 John Richard Green Merrick Fire Department
1976 Willard John Hoyt South Schodak Fire Company
1977 Alton L. Lewis Montour Falls Fire Department
1978 George Cannella Islip Terrace Fire Department
1979 Randall R. Rhoades East Syracuse Fire Department
1980 George Jerry Dean Gates — Chili Fire Department
1981 David A. Sedlock Massena Fire Department
1982 David L. Curley Delhi Fire Department
1983 Richard W. Gehrt Smithtown Fire Department
1984 Frederic Furminger Depew Fire Department
1985 Thomas A. Phillips S. W.  Johnson Steam Fire Engine Company
1986 Michael F. Reid Merrick Hook & Ladder Company #1
1987 John L. Hyzer Bainbridge Fire Department
1988 Paul Edward Vinciguerra Lindenhurst Chemical & Salvage Company #2
1989 Robert A. Frank Central Islip Fire Department
1990 Robert Hitchcock Blenheim Fire Department
1991 Charles R. Zigrosser Bayport Fire Department
1992 George P. Motchkavitz Great Neck Alert Engine Company
1993 Robert Pettigrew North Babylon Fire Company
1994 Paul A. MacMurray Hudson Falls Fire Department
1995 Kenneth T. Jones Sayville Hook & Ladder Company #1
1995 William H. Pyne III Sayville Hook & Ladder Company #1
1996 David A. DiDio Bellport Fire Department
1997 Matthew F. Merecka Freeport Fire Department
1998 Larry J. Stumpo North Patchogue Fire Department
1999 James S. Fredericks Mohegan Volunteer Fire Association, Inc.
2000 Mark Sposato Brewerton Fire Department, Inc.
2001 Raymond Valles Ossining Steamer Company #1, Inc.
2001 Donald J. Farrell Cataract Hose Company #2
2001 John Simkins Ossining Fire Department
2001 William H. Brown III Ossining Fire Department
2002 Dedicated to those who died in the Line of Duty 9/11/01
2003 Brian Stevens Manlius Vol. Fire Company, Inc.
2004 John C. Glidden III Huntington Manor Fire Department
2004 Frederick Steenson Jr. Huntington Manor Fire Department
2004 Richard Prudente Huntington Manor Fire Department
2005 Joseph Cirincione Rush Fire Department
2005 Michael Terzo Rush Fire Department
2005 Peter Henry Rush Fire Department
2005 James Bucci Rush Fire Department
2006 Richard J. Gimbl Holbrook Fire Department
2007 Lieutenant Al Cinotti West Islip Fire Department
2008 Lieutenant Edward Kunz Bay Shore Fire Department
2008 Lieutenant John Ippolito Jr. Bay Shore Fire Department
2009 Assistant Chief Timothy R. Ellis North Syracuse Fire Department
2010 Kevin Oatman Verona Fire Department
2010 Aldo Cacciotti Verona Fire Department
2010 Jeff Hugunine Verona Fire Department
2011 Second Assistant Chief Brian J. Lena Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department
2011 Captain William J. “Billy” Bahr Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department
2012 Andrew Kolesar West Haverstraw Fire Department
2013 John Curley Bellmore Fire Department
2014 Thomas J. Gorman Bohemia Fire Department
2015 Frank Crispin Moyers Corners Fire Department
2015 Steve Zaferakis Moyers Corners Fire Department
2015 Phil Vogt Moyers Corners Fire Department
2015 Ryan Whitmore Moyers Corners Fire Department
2015 Jeremy Corsaro Moyers Corners Fire Department
2016 Frederick Kopf Baldwin Fire Department
2017 Timothy Duckham Smithtown Fire Department
2017 Thomas Kriklava Smithtown Fire Department
2017 Patrick Diecidue Smithtown Fire Department
2017 Jennifer O’Brien Smithtown Fire Department
2017 Joseph LaRocco Smithtown Fire Department
2017 John Hansen Smithtown Fire Department
2018 Peter DiPinto, Sr. Brookhaven Fire Department
2019 Jason Bernfeld Melville Fire Department
2020 Delphi Falls Fire Department, Manlius Fire Department, Cazenovia Fire Department, Pompey Hill Fire Department
2021 Mark Miller & John Tighe Lindenhurst Fire Department