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Dec.11: Fire Commissioner Elections, Kiwanis Holiday Drive

The five things you should know today.

1. Today are the East Meadow Fire Department's Fire Commissioner Elections. You can cast your vote at 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fire Station # 3 or at the East Meadow Fire Department Headquarters.

2. The East Meadow Kiwanis Club will start collecting items for its Holiday Food Drive. Read more about the organization's effort at 12 p.m.

3. Check out some local items for some great deals in Craigslist Finds at 10 a.m.

4. In case you missed it, The First Precinct in Baldwin will be absorbed by the Seventh Precinct in Seaford on Friday, completing the final merger in Nassau County.

5. Don't forget to follow East Meadow Patch on Twitter to get all of the up-to-date East Meadow news via social media!

Bill Alderman December 11, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Regarding the EMFD elections- After i posted ..... "I heard from a co-worker how Truly Amazing Mr Carpentier was when her childhood home burnt down in East Meadow after the hurricane. She related how Glenn was there from the get go, how his knowledge , quick actions and leadership allowed for damage to be minimized ( helping to spare a few of her childhood heirlooms) once it was realized that all human lives were no longer in danger AND After the fact , by offering important advice , constant support and insights in the recovery and rebuilding process. I have heard multiple stories about how Mr Carpentier places the needs of the residents of East Meadow above his own and what a great role model and seasoned/caring/hands on professional he is." I got a bunch of private emails , with more fabulous stories about how great Mr Carpentier is. Good luck Glenn
paul December 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Isnt that what they volunteer to do? - quick actions and leadership allowed for damage to be minimized - places the needs of the residents of East Meadow above his own Just saying...
Bill Alderman December 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
No Paul Not ALL volunteers do that!!! And not ALL do that for 30+ years. Which is why Mr Carpentier is so fabulous. just saying.......
WALTER GRIFFIN December 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
bill i hate to advise you that your story is all twisted. as my memory serves me I was the incident commander of that fire not glenn, im the one who made the decisions. if you would like to get the story straight, you can contact me at any time at 542 - 0580 x2. CHIEF WALTER GRIFFIN
Bill Alderman December 12, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Chief Griffin , sir Nothing is twisted, I got the info straight from the residents whom home was burnt. I never said that Glenn was in command of the firefighters, but the people's who's home was on fire (And 2 are my coworkers, telling the same account), related that Glenn was instrumental to the family and their stuff and heirlooms. ( remember there was snow and looting that occured shortly after. etc, etc ) "That Mr Carpentier offered important advice, constant support and insights in the recovery and rebuilding process , " ......FROM HIS OWN EXPERIENCE. He led the family to do all the correct things, which was invaluable. And I never said that he was the commander /chief or the only one that helped either. The facts are still the facts and nothing is twisted- the story IS straight and perfectly ON target..
Jon L. December 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I love it when the volunteers get all crazy about who was "in charge" Sorry "Chief" that you did not get enough credit.
Andy December 14, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Hello Mr. Alderman, but you seem to have originally said that Glenn's quick actions and leadership saved the family. This can very well be true, but Chief Griffin when on scene was in fact in command of the situation and it is more than likely his leadership that guides the actions of those engaged in firefighting, as he directs the situation. While Glenn may have been the face of the department at that moment, credit should be given where it is due, and that is to the countless other members that showed up, the members of other departments that showed up to assist the EMFD in fighting that specific fire, and the Chiefs who provide their experience, guidance, and leadership to ensure the situation is controlled as best as possible. Jon L., I find it disheartening that you feel as if Chief Griffin is grubbing for credit. He was simply attempting to get the facts straight. You seem to be unaware that the chiefs devote a large part of their time to the department as volunteers- that is, they devote unpaid hours to protect the residents of East Meadow. I am not sure if you are a resident in East Meadow, but if you were to have an emergency, I feel as if it would be extremely important to give the Chiefs some degree of respect as they step up and go beyond the call of duty to protect our town, and have done so for many years.
Jon L. December 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Andy, thanks for your reply. For starters I do not live in the East Meadow Fire District although I do live in East Meadow. I am keenly aware of how the volunteer fire service works on both Long Island and the rest of the country. Mr. Alderman (whom I rarely agree with) relayed a personal story, a first hand account from his co-worker. The "Chief" felt he was slighted in Mr. Alderman's tale and felt the need to chime in. That was all I pointed out. As for your comments about respect, in my eyes it is earned not a right of office, the bugles on your collar don't command any more respect than any other person. While I appreciate that Chief Officers spend countless hours of their own time to serve the community, the Chief's post was a partisan inside fire house politics issue.
Bill Alderman December 19, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Thank you both Jon L for your support and to Andy for your comments ..... However , I never said that Glenn saved the family physically ,What I said was "Glenn was there from the get go, how his knowledge , quick actions and leadership allowed for damage to be minimized ( helping to spare a few of her childhood heirlooms) once it was realized that all human lives were no longer in danger AND After the fact , by offering important advice , constant support and insights in the recovery and rebuilding process." I never implied anything other than he was there and once he made sure the family was okay , he told the family what to do to help save their valuable items and antiques ( mainly from looters and the weather and other elements and how move on from the devistation ). It was the "Chief' that claimed my story was amiss, which was not really the case, what so ever.
paul December 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
It is a moot point. The better person won.... and yes Bill you do twist things so far that it somtimes may strangle you...
paul December 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
To CHIEF WALTER GRIFFIN: you have gained my respect.... ;o)
Bill Alderman December 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Ohhhh, Did Santa leave You coal under your tree again this year Paul??? Not to worry , I got some great things that I'd be willing to share.

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