Huntington Town Firefighters Awarded for Bravery

From left, Halesite Fire Chief and Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs Council Second Vice President Dan McConnell, Medal of Valor recipients Firefighter Ryan Sammis of Halesite, chiefs Joe Ervin and Dan Heffernan of East Northport, Firefighter Matt Monahan of Commack, Huntington Fire Chiefs Council President John McKenna and Huntington Chief Fire Marshal Terry McNally. Photos by Dennis Whittam

From left, Halesite Fire Chief and Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs Council Second Vice President Dan McConnell, Medal of Valor recipients Firefighter Ryan Sammis of Halesite, chiefs Joe Ervin and Dan Heffernan of East Northport, Firefighter Matt Monahan of Commack, Huntington Fire Chiefs Council President John McKenna and Huntington Chief Fire Marshal Terry McNally. Photos by Dennis Whittam

Four volunteer firefighters from Town of Huntington fire departments who went above and beyond the call of duty were recently among those honored and presented with Medals of Valor at the Suffolk County Medal Day ceremony.

The annual event was held Sept. 27 by the Suffolk County Fire Academy Vocational Education and Board at Farmingdale State College.

Assistant Chief Dan Heffernan and Chief Joe Ervin of the East Northport Fire Department were both presented with Silver Medals of Valor for their heroic efforts at a house fire with a trapped victim in May 2014.

Firefighter Ryan Sammis of the Halesite Fire Department was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for his bravery at a water rescue call involving a victim trapped in a submerged car in May 2014.

Firefighter Matt Monahan of the Commack Fire Department was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for his heroic actions after coming upon the scene of a motor vehicle accident with a victim trapped in an overturned car on fire in March 2014.