Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00
After a lengthy illness, Ex-Chief G. Michael Godfrey of the South Floral Park Fire Department passed on July 12. Ex-Chief Godfrey was a volunteer firefighter for over 35 years, of which seven of those years he served as chief.
In addition to him being an ex-chief of the department, he has earned the respect from his fellow firefighters throughout Nassau County and beyond. He performed leadership roles in several organizations as follows:
Director and president of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY);
Ex-president, Nassau County Association of Fire Chiefs;
Past president, Southern New York Volunteer Fireman’s Association;
President, South Shore Volunteer Fire Department Association;
President, Nassau County Fireman’s Association;
President, Nassau County First Battalion Chiefs Association;
Chairman, Nassau County Fire Commission;
Executive Council, New York State Association of Fire Chiefs;
President, Executive Council of Firemanic Association.
These are just a few of the many community services Ex-Chief Godfrey provided.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.
Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.