Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00
Mineola Fire Department Ex-Captain and Warden Lewis F. Buttacoli answered his final alarm on January 20, 2010. A 40-year veteran of the department, Buttacoli is survived by his wife Cathie, daughter Susan, son Angelo, grandchildren Thomas, Hallie, Michael and Christopher and great-grandchild Kole as well as his numerous brothers in the Mineola Fire Department.
Buttacoli joined the Mineola Fire Department on December 15, 1969. At the age of 35, he was working in the concrete business (Local 282) and raising his family. Despite the demands of his job and family commitments, he recognized the importance of volunteer service and chose to make the time to give back to his community. Having served in the United States Marine Corps, service was imbedded in Buttacoli’s makeup.
Among the highlights of his service was a heroic rescue from 1974 that earned him accolades across the state. The Mineola Fire Department awarded him its highest honor, the Firefighter of the Year Award.
Buttacoli served as president of the Mineola Fire Department Benevolent Association from 1990 to 1992. He was also one of the charter advisors of the Mineola Junior Fire Department in 1976.
During his long service in the department, Buttacoli served in the positions of second lieutenant, first lieutenant and ultimately captain. He would also serve as warden.
In 1995, his dedication and service was recognized again when he was named the Mineola Fire Department Company #1 Firefighter of the Year. In 1999, the Town of Hempstead recognized Buttacoli by awarding him the Town of Hempstead Firematic Service Award.
Captain Buttacoli will forever be an example to the new members of the department on what it’s like to be a proud member of the Mineola Fire Department.
Fellow members remember him as someone with a heart of gold who would give you the shirt off his back or walk through fire with his brother firefighters.