Senators Gaughran, Kaplan Honor Hometown Heroes Who Saved 90-Year-Old Woman from Burning House

Senator Anna M. Kaplan

October 18, 2020

(Hicksville, NY) Today, Senators Jim Gaughran and Anna Kaplan honored the brave firefighters from the Hicksville Fire Department who saved a 90-year-old woman from her burning home in September. The Senators presented New York State Commendation Awards to Captain Christopher Moskos II and Lt. Andrew Niemczyk in the presence of their families and members from the Hicksville Fire Department. The Hicksville hometown heroes rushed into a Hicksville home on fire in the early hours of a September morning, and heroically pulled a 90-year-old woman from her home to safety.

Senator Jim Gaughran said “The heroic work of Lt. Andrew Niemczyk is representative of the courageous actions that our volunteer firefighters take every day of the year. I thank Lt. Niemczyk and Captain Moskos II for their exceptional work that cold September morning which saved a treasured woman’s life. Thank you to our Hicksville hometown heroes and the brave firefighters who serve without praise or accolations 365 days a year.”

Senator Anna M. Kaplan said “The New York State Senate Commendation Award is one of the highest honors that I as Senator can present, and it is reserved for a select few individuals each year whose exceptional work merits this level of recognition.  I’m so proud to recognize Captain Christopher Moskos with this high honor for his courage, valor, and integrity in the face of danger, and I’m eternally grateful for his service to our community.” 

Senator Gaughran represents Lt. Andrew Niemczyk in the 5th Senate District. Senator Kaplan represents Captain Christopher Moskos II in the 7th Senate District. The ceremony took place at the Hicksville Fire Department at  20 E Marie St in Hicksville, NY.

A link to a livestream of the ceremony can be found here.