The legions of volunteer firefighters who risked their lives this week battling wildfires in Riverhead and Brookhaven will soon be shown a bit of love.
Suffolk County elected officials announced Thursday that a “Volunteer Emergency Services Appreciation Day," will be held on May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Brookhaven Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville.
Several local fire departments from Southampton Town participated in fighting the wildfire. At a Southampton Village Board meeting Thursday evening, Chief Rodney "Chip" Pierson said his department sent 30 firefighters for two days.
The event will include a free rock and country themed concert, activities and games, and will be dedicated to the volunteer emergency services workers who helped to contain the fires.
“Our volunteer firefighters and emergency services workers put their lives on the line to contain the brushfires in Manorville and Ridge earlier this week," Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko said. "They are heroes and this is our small way of thanking them for their brave actions."
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County Executive Steve Bellone said the day to honor first responders is well deserved.
"The valiant efforts of our firefighters and emergency responders helped to save people’s lives and homes," he said.