Editor's Note: This article was written by Vincent Scaduto.
On Feb. 16, the Bellmore Fire Department held its 116th annual installation of Chiefs and Officers.
Bellmore's 64th Chief of Department Christopher O'Brien, and Assistant Chiefs Stephen Marsar and Daniel Holl were sworn in. All three Chiefs are career FDNY firefighters.
Chief O'Brien, a lifelong Bellmore resident, began his career in the Bellmore Fire Department as a member of its Junior Squad, where he rose to the rank of Captain. Upon his 18th birthday, he became a member of the Bellmore Fire Department's Engine Company 2.
In 2004 Chris, was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant of the EMS Squad. He was elected to the rank of Captain in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010, he served as Lieutenant and then Captain of Engine 602. After being elected Second Assistant Chief he began his tenure in the Chief's Office in 2011.
Also installed during the ceremony were Captains Michael Massaro, Jordan Leibner, Michael Miller, Thomas Stoerger, Timothy Carroll, Joseph Lieto and Thomas McGovern. Also sworn in were Lieutenants Dean Angell, Matthew Lynch, Joseph Ancona, Michael Irving, Denis McCann, Maureen Curley and Lieutenants of the Fire Police Dennis Rich and Ronald Ullrich.
The Chiefs and Officers each year are responsible for seeing that the Department has the training and equipment to be able to handle any situation that presents itself. This has become an increasingly complicated task as since for the past four years the Bellmore Fire Department has responded to over a thousand calls each year.