Firefighter Of The Year Honored

Pictured from left: Council President John McDonough; Italiano; Secretary Chris Ingwersen, of Cold Spring Harbor; Second Vice President Chuck Brady, of Huntington Manor; Treasurer Gary Hontz, of Eaton’s Neck; and First Vice President Dan McConnell, of Halesite. (Photo by Steve Silverman).

Pictured from left: Council President John McDonough; Italiano; Secretary Chris Ingwersen, of Cold Spring Harbor; Second Vice President Chuck Brady, of Huntington Manor; Treasurer Gary Hontz, of Eaton’s Neck; and First Vice President Dan McConnell, of Halesite. (Photo by Steve Silverman).

The Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs’ Council recently presented the Chief Todd Sammis Firefighter of the Year Award to ex-Chief Jack Italiano Jr. of the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department. Italiano was recognized for his heroic actions at a motor vehicle accident involving an overturned car in the woods with a victim trapped that occurred in August 2015. He received the award with a standing ovation at the council’s annual installation dinner.

Italiano is a 35-year veteran of the fire service and served as chief of the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department in 1991. He is also a former member of the Huntington and Huntington Manor fire departments.