Riverhead, NY - June 22, 2016 - Legislator Kara Hahn this week recognized the heroic actions taken by two Suffolk County Police officers and a member of the Setauket Fire Department while responding to a Setauket home fire last month.
It was just before 3:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016 when police received notification that an occupied home on Carriage Lane in Setauket caught fire as five residents within slept. Suffolk County Police Department Officers Michael Schneider and Anthony Ferrara were dispatched to the home, and upon arrival found the side of the structure engulfed by flames. Four of the five residents were able to safely escape the burning home prior to the arrival of first responders; however, one resident remained trapped inside.
Upon learning that not all of the occupants exited the building, Officers Schneider and Ferrara and Setauket Firefighter Brian Sleeson rushed into the burning home and found the unaccounted for resident laying on a hallway floor with severe burns to her upper body. The officers and firefighter removed the victim from the floor and the flames that were consuming her body and carried her safely from the structure.
The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center in Critical Condition while the Setauket Fire Department extinguished the blaze before endangering additional lives and structures.