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Trip to Bethesda for Wounded Warriors

Story by Ex-Captain Steve Grogan; Photos by Steve Grogan & Ex-Captain Laura Gulliksen 

On December 7, 2012, eight members of the Lynbrook Fire Department joined 20 other volunteer firefighters from Nassau County and traveled to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, MD, to bring Christmas presents and holiday cheer to our wounded warriors receiving medical treatment and rehabilitation as part of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior.  Lynbrook's firefighters met at 4 AM on that morning and joined a caravan of fire vehicles which formed up at Stewart Manor Fire Department headquarters.  Besides meeting with many Marines and soldiers in their hospital rooms other wounded warriors were met while going through rehab treatment.  After visiting the rooms the firefighters set up tables in the building's cafeteria where additional gifts were given out.  The highlight of the day was meeting with US Marine Marcus D'Andrea and his Marine wife Victoria, and their three chrildren.  Marcus, who lost both legs in Afghanistan is still undergoing rehab at the hospital.  He and his wife and youngest child were brought up to Lynbrook in September by Lynbrook firefighters to attend LFD's block party which raised $12,000 for Operation Wounded Warrior.  Lynbrook firefighters brought Christmas presents for Marcus' three children.  Victoria D"Andrea presented a drawing of a firefighter with angel wings to Lynbrook's volunteers.  The drawing will hang in fire headquarters.  Most of the Nassau firefighters that made the trip to Bethesda returned the following day. 

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