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VOL. 33 NO. 24 June 18 -June 24,1999 40 CENTS
B.ED. Wets Down New Pumper
During the ceremony, Engine Company 5 members observe a moment
of silence for New York City Fire Captain Vincent Fowler. Captain
Fowler died fighting a Queens house fire just days before.
Firefighters don't ride the back step or U pumper to fires anymore,
but at "Wet Downs" they do. Completely soaked, Engine 5 members
uphold the firematic tradition.
Photos by Don Wansor
Ed Mangano Receives
Legislator of the Year Award from
Vietnam Veterans of America
After delivering the blessing, Bethpage Fire Chaplain Monsignor
Daniel A. Picciano sprinkles the rig with holy water. Monsignor is
pleased to provide the "First Wet Down".
Captain Todd Smith (left), and Commissioner Zura each get a champagne
bath as they jointly christen the pumper.
It was a grand day for a "Wet down" June 6th, when Bethpage's Engine
Company Five christened their new Seagrave pumper. The ceremony
was held at the Union Avenue firehouse.
After the formalities, and the traditional "Hose Down" from other fire
companies, the firefighters welcomed all their guests and neighbors to a
Nassau County Legislator, Edward Mangano, center right, receives
the Vietnam Veterans of America, Nassau County Chapter #82
Legislator of the Year Award from chapter President Stan Kuchlewski,
center left, at last weekend's annual awards dinner. Mr. Mangano was
completely surprised by the award and extremely grateful to the organization
for recognizing his efforts. Joining the ceremony is 2nd-
Vice-President Carl Johnson, right, and 1st Vice-President Paul Masi,
left, who said, "Ed Mangano has been a supporter and friend to our
chapter and to all veterans for many years. It is with great pleasure
that we honor a worthy individual like him."