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Kevin Bien Sworn in as L.F.D. Chief

Story by Ex Captain Steven Grogan - Photos by Firefighter Brian Grogan

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On April 21, 2009, Kevin A. Bien, a 26 year member of Rescue, Hook and Ladder Company of the Lynbrook Fire Department, and following in his late father’s footsteps, was sworn into office as Chief of the Lynbrook Fire Department for the coming year. 

Chief Bien has served as a deputy chief for the past three years. 

The new chief, the son of Ex-Chief Ralph Bien and mother Patricia, joined the Lynbrook Junior Fire Department when it was formed in July of 1979.  In July 1982, after turning 18 years of age, he joined the Lynbrook Fire Department.  He was Captain of Rescue, Hook and Ladder from 1993 to 1995 and Captain of the Floodlight Unit from 1998 to 2000.  Chief Bien, a life-long resident of Lynbrook, has worked for  Nassau County for 20 years. 

There are 14 members of the Chief’s family in the Lynbrook Fire Department, along with four in the Juniors, and five members in the Ladies Auxiliary. 

Chief Bien was awarded the Nassau County Fire Commission Silver Medal of Valor in 2003 for the rescue of an elderly woman from the Senior Citizen Complex on Doxsey Place.

Chief Bien is married to his wife Barbara and they have three daughters, Stephanie, age 13, and a junior firefighter, Nicole, age 11, and Jennifer, 8.  They are members of Our Lady of Peace Parish.

Chief Bien and his deputies; First Deputy Chief Raymond Burke, Second Deputy Chief Michael Hynes, and Third Deputy Chief Anthony DeCarlo, were all sworn in at the monthly Fire Council meeting by Lynbrook Mayor Brian Curran.   Chief Bien then swore in the company officers while Village Administrator John Giordano swore in the Wardens.

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