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Fight ensues after installation dinner
Four Hagerman firefighters were arrested early Sunday, March 4 after a fight erupted between members of a wedding party and members of the fire department after attending their installation dinner at East Wind Caterers in Wading River.
The Riverhead Police Department responded to the catering hall after receiving numerous calls of a large fight involving approximately 40 to 50 people. According to police, the fight started in the main foyer and resulted in the groom of the wedding party sustaining injuries to his face and upper body after being struck with fists by three different subjects. The groom’s name was not released.
“Numerous subjects, mainly intoxicated, started pushing, cursing and hitting one another,” read the Riverhead Police Department’s press release.
Agencies including the Suffolk County Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, NYS Police and Suffolk County Parks Police responded to the incident. Two police officers also sustained injuries while affecting arrests of the defendants.
The following were arrested:
Andrew Dunham, 29, was arrested for assault in the 3rd degree, harassment in the 2nd degree and resisting arrest.
Thomas Dunham, 55, was arrested for obstructing governmental administration in the 2nd degree and resisting arrest.
Brendan Dunham, 21, was arrested for assault in the 3rd degree.
Corey Citarella, 29, of 45 E. Masem Square in East Patchogue, was arrested for assault in the 3rd degree.
Thomas Dunham is first assistant chief of the Hagerman Fire Department and Corey Citeralla is the department’s first lieutenant. According to police, all three Dunhams reside at 316 Hewlett Avenue in East Patchogue.
Hagerman Fire District manager Barbara Allen released a statement on behalf of the board of fire commissioners stating that they are conducting an investigation into the incident. In the event that the investigation reveals misconduct on the part of members of the fire department, they will be disciplined. Additionally, if the investigation reveals any misconduct by nonmembers, this information will be provided to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
“Initially, both the Fire District and the Fire Department would like to express their deep regret for any embarrassment this incident may have caused the East Patchogue community,” she wrote. “The Board would like to ensure the residents that the Hagerman Fire Department will continue to provide the highest level of firefighting capabilities to the community as it has for over 80 years. Both the Board and the Fire Department will move forward from this incident to continue to enhance the abilities of the Fire Department to serve the community.”
East Wind Caterers declined to comment.
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