Senator Kevin Thomas (D-6th District) presented Farmingdale High School athletic trainer Phil Fandale with the New York State Liberty Medal for his act of heroism in 2021. The Liberty Medal is the highest civilian honor that a resident can receive from New York State and is awarded to individuals for exceptional, heroic, life-saving acts.
Liberty Medals require a months-long application process and must be approved by the Senate Majority Leader. “In a situation where seconds make a world of difference, Phil Fandale’s quick thinking and heroic actions saved a life,” said Senator Kevin Thomas, who represents Farmingdale in the State Senate. “Phil is an inspiration to the Farmingdale community, and I am honored to recognize him with the Liberty Award.”
Fandale was recognized for his efforts which helped save the life of Nassau County high school football official Phil LoNigro, who collapsed on the field in the second quarter of a game on Saturday, March 20, between Farmingdale High School and East Meadow High School.