Firefighter honored for heroic act
Pictured is firefighter Peter DiPinto Sr. (center left) with councilman Michael Loguercio (center right) and his two sons, Dan DiPinto (left) and Peter DiPinto Jr. (right).

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Firefighter honored for heroic act

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
7/25/2019


 

The Carnegie Hero Fund and the Brookhaven Town Board last week honored Peter DiPinto Sr., a local firefighter from Brookhaven hamlet, with a Hero Award for his acts during an emergency in 2017.

On Oct 10, 2017, 30-year veteran of the Brookhaven Fire Department DiPinto went to investigate what he heard as a crash in Brookhaven. It turned out to be a car accident on Arthur Avenue and Montauk Highway.

One vehicle rear-ended another, pushing it onto the railroad tracks. The railroad gates were coming down and a female driver was rescued from her vehicle by DiPinto just before the train hit the car, throwing it down the railroad tracks only seconds later.

“The heroic efforts of Mr. DiPinto on that day along with the support from his brothers and sisters in the Brookhaven Fire Department and South Country Ambulance, are why today he was presented with the Hero Award from the Carnegie Hero Fund,” said councilman Michael Loguercio.

Loguercio also commended DiPinto for his quick thinking and rapid response time without knowing the full scope of the situation and, in this case, in an incident that saved a person’s life.

“You never know what you’re going to find when you get there,” said Loguercio, also a firefighter, in his hometown of Ridge. “It’s a tremendous feeling to recognize a fellow firefighter.”