Senator Phillips Honors Local 9th Battalion At First Responders Appreciation Night

Elaine Phillips

August 09, 2018

Senator Elaine Phillips recently hosted the last First Responders Appreciation Night in her summer series of events honoring the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect residents in the 7th Senate District.  Honorees included 9th Battalion members of the Westbury and Carle Place Fire Department. 

“Our local volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel are the backbone of Long Island communities and we cannot thank them enough for their courageous service keeping our families safe,” Senator Phillips said. “While no amount of thanks can express the appreciation we have for our first responders, or underscore the important role they play in our communities, events such as this provide an opportunity to recognize those that go above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you to all the fellow first responders, family and friends who came out to support our local heroes during the events over the last few weeks.”


Lt. Dominic Buffolino was honored for his recent actions at a working fire.  Lt. Buffolino, along with local police officers pulled a victim out of a burning building.

Carle Place

Ex Chief Patrick Fitzgerald was honored for 50 years of service to the Carle Place Fire Department.  Ex Chief Fitzgerald remains active in response to alarms and is dedicated in serving his department and community.

Firefighter George Mutari was honored for his 48 years as a member of the Carle Place Fire Department.  FF Mutari is know be extremely active in response to alarms and serves his department and the Carle Place community.    

This event concluded the 2018 series of Senator Phillips’ “First Responder Appreciation Nights.”