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2015 Wounded Warrior Fundraiser

Story & photos by  Ex Captain Steven Grogan  

On September 19, 2015, the Lynbrook Fire Department hosted its Fifth Annual Wounded Warrior Concert at Truck Company's firehouse on Earle Avenue to benefit Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW), which the LFD has been actively involved for the past seven years.  This year's concert raised over $23,000, the most of any year.  In the past five years, the LFD has raised over $100,000 for NCFF-OWW to benefit our wounded warriors at military hospitals at Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and at the Walter Reed National Medical Center at Bethesda, MD, where Lynbrook firefighters travel each December to visit and present gifts to the wounded.  Wounded warriors here on Long Island are also being helped by the funds raised by Lynbrook and the other departments that make up NCFF-OWW.  NCFF-OWW has helped with the building of six homes here on Long Island and just recently bought a new van that will be used by the Disabled American Veterans organization to transport Nassau County disabled veterans to the VA Hospital in Northport.  Lynbrook's special guest this year at the concert was US Army Sergeant Robert Scott of Lakeview who traveled that day with his family from Bethesda where he is receiving treatment.  Former Marine Marcus Dandrea, who the LFD made an honorary member, was unable to attend this year's concert.  Lynbrook firefighters will meet with Marcus and his family in December.  The bands Playback and The Project donated their time and played for hours.  The Glor na Gael pipes and drums also made an appearance as they have each year.  A number of organizations, including the American Legion, Lynbrook Republican Club, and Assemblyman Brian Curran made large donations to the cause.  And, due to the generosity of many members of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce and donations from companies many raffle prizes were won by those in attendance.  But, a special thanks goes to JetBlue who originally donated four roundtrip tickets for a raffle but during the drawing that evening a vice-president of JetBlue, who lives in Lynbrook, presented a third set of roundtrip JetBlue tickets to be given away.  A surprise during the evening was a visit by former Jet Boomer Esiason and his FAN 660 radio partner Greg Carton.  Both got up on stage and played with the band.  Boomer also met with LFD's wounded warrior committee, led by Ex-Chief Kevin Bien, and spent some time with SGT Scott and his family.  The new DAV van purchased by NCFF-OWW was also on display.  

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