In Memoriam

Posted on 19:55, February 24th, 2011 by Administrator

Line of Duty

Rico Torres

It is with deep regret that the Middle Island Fire Department announces the line of duty death of Mr. Rico Torres, an EMT with Middle Island FD. Mr. Torres passed away on Friday, July 4, 2008 at the young age of 37. Mr. Torres is survived by his wife Michelle and two young children. Press Release Rico Torres


Anthony Catania

Fire News Article Anthony Catania

Safety Officer, Ex-Chief, and Commissioner Anthony Catania suffered a cerebral vascular incident while responding to an EMS alarm.

Anthony was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, community member and member of the Middle Island Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island. He also served with the American Red Cross Meals on Wheels program. After serving in the Marines, he had a prestigious career at the State Bank ofLong Island, where h climbed the corporate ladder to become the vice president before he retired.

Anthony transferred from North Massapequa Volunteer Fire Department to Middle Island Volunteer Fire Department in 1997, when he and his wife, Dorothy, moved to the Middle Island Fire District.Since joining the department, he held such positions as fund drive chairman, blood drive chairman,scholarship committee chairman, Eagle Company 1 secretary and treasurer, Class A Firefighter, safety officer, department trustee (1998-2000) and fire district commissioner (2001-2007).

Anthony served in the North Massapequa Volunteer Fire Department from 1969 to 1997. During his tenure, he became deputy chief in 1981 and chief of the department in 1988. Anthony was also an EMT for the department.
Anthony’s compassion for helping others is a gift that will always keep on giving. He would always be the first person on all lists to sign up when any department company or committee needed help.He would assist any member in need with personal or fire department issues. His kind and generous personality would lift spirits throughout the department and the community.

Not only was Anthony an exemplary fireman, but he served as an example to us all when it came to hisfamily. He always spoke wonderful of his loving wife, Dorothy; his three children, Lisa, Donna and Luke;and his four grandchildren, Marissa, Christopher, Luke Anthony, and Aidan. There was nothing thatAnthony would not do for them, and they always came first. He also had a great passion for animals.He was kind and gentle to every creature. He would loyally feed the local cats at his back door and,during the winter months, shovel a path out from his back door for the cats.

Anthony’s unselfish and enthusiastic attitude was one that inspired everyone around him. His kindheart and loving personality will forever be in our hearts.

Departed Members

Nielson, Allen
Mills, Sam
Adams, Ted
Schneider, Lou
Arnold, Fred
Burton, Charles
Yevoli, Charles
Kahara, Vaino
Lacherman, Al
Cook, Louis
Dane, Harry
Hoffman, Father
Lasky, Ben
Keller, Frank
Paskas, Al
Cronin, Timothy
Boschen, George
Erhardt Sr., Ed
Rindos, Joseph

Mirando Sr., Richard
Kless, Joseph
Noss, Arthur
Gasparini, Mario
Leech, John
Ranta, Vic (Veikko)
Weaver, Larry
Gnad, John
Ader, Heino
McKechnie, Rita
Baio, Edward
Keder, Frank
Hanlon, Frank
Mirando, Michael
Wittschack, Fred
Gropper Sr., William
Baker, Thomas
Catania, Anthony
Spero, James

Frangipani, Anthony
Torres, Rico
Jahn, Frank
Helmett, Eugene
Battaglia, James
Dellibovi, Jerome
Dougherty, William
Boddy, Robert
Ader, Gladys
Meisenzahl, Laura
Madorran, Daniel
Rosenfeld, Marc
Groskopf, George
Schmidt, Julia
Adams, Richard Sr.
Webb, Thomas Jr.
Lilie, Harold
Yelsits, Ed
Schlegel, Roberta