A hometown hero
National Grid and the New York Islanders celebrated a Farmingville man’s actions as a first responder to save a bedridden woman from her burning home. Each month during hockey season company employees vote for a local Long Island “Hometown Hero,” who receives recognition at an Islander game with an award made from a piece of plexiglass that surrounds the ice at the Nassau Coliseum.
Andy Carbone won this month for springing into action when he saw his neighbor’s home engulfed in flames. He grabbed his fire extinguisher and started putting out the fire, and told his daughter to call 911 as he helped get his neighbor out of the house safely.
Former Islander great and HNL Hall of Famer Mike Bossy also congratulated Andy on his heroism and his award. Andy and his 8-year-old son Ryan accepted the award from New York President Ken Daly and his 8-year-old son Kenny.
Andy said the training he received as a volunteer firefighter gave him the instincts to act fast.
“This made me feel really proud of what I did and I would do it again tomorrow if I had to,” said Andy. “The training that I received from the Massapequa Fire Department definitely came into play.”
This was a special Hometown Hero award for National Grid, which works closely with the volunteer fire departments on Long Island. Many of National Grid’s Long Island employees are also members of their local fire departments.
“Customers who are proactive like Andy will keep the community safe for our sons and future generations of Long Islanders,” said Ken.