Melville fire fighter Robert J. Earley fought his first blaze 49 years ago. Today he continues to respond to more than 500 alarms each year.
The New York Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association recently honored Earley with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer efforts.
Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) recently joined Melville Volunteer Fire Department members as they honored Earley, Captain of the department's Fire Police Squad, on his achievement.
The prestigious award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication and service, only has four prior recipients.
In addition to responding to emergency calls, Earley regularly attends conferences to stay current on new fire codes and reviews all construction plans for the Melville Fire Department. A former Melville Fire Marshall and retired Town of Huntington Fire Marshall, the captain was previously selected by Legislator D’Amaro as the 17th Legislative District’s 2009 Volunteer Firefighter/EMS Worker of the Year.
“I am proud to stand alongside the Melville Fire Department and present Captain Robert Earley with this well-deserved award,” D’Amaro said. “He is an inspiring individual who has spent a lifetime giving back. I join the entire community in saying, ‘Congratulations, Captain!’”