Still on top

Photo by Kim Versheck

Still on top


WEST SAYVILLE—On July 29, the West Sayville Fire Department Flying Dutchmen Drill Team emerged as victors in the 55th annual Suffolk-Nassau Invitational Motorized Drill hosted by the Central Islip Fire Department at their Wheeler Road training facility. The victory was the 6th this season for the Dutchmen and marks the 10th time they have captured top honors since the drill was first run in 1963.

Competing against a field of 24 contenders from throughout Long Island, the Flying Dutchmen compiled 24 points to outpace the competition in the eight-contest event.

The Flying Dutchmen got off to a fast start with first place runs in the Three Man Ladder (6.36 seconds), Motor Hook and Ladder Class B (5.01) and Motor Hook and Ladder Class C (8.94 seconds) and a third place finish in Motor Hose Class C (12.94 seconds), giving them 18 points overall. Over the next four contests, West Sayville added six more points with a first place run in Efficiency (9.26 seconds) and a fifth place run in the Bucket Brigade (25.97) seconds. 

Rounding out the top five finishers overall on the day were the West Hempstead Westerners in second with 19 points, the Islip Wolves in third with 15 points, the Lindenhurst Snails in fourth with 14 points, and the Central Islip Hoboes in fifth with 13 points.

The Flying Dutchmen are coached by Frank R. Miller Sr., Robert Mara, G. Scott Schrader, and led by Captain Michael Marra and Lieutenants Frank R. Miller Jr.  and Daniel Tenney; and comprised of David Banks, Kevin Candido, Louis Christensen, Diana Fuller, Patrick Garrett, Kristy Hothan, William Hothan, Ryan Huguenin, Casey Johnson, Robert Noonan, Richard Quenzer, Joseph Quenzer, Douglas Quenzer, Gary A. Schaum and Ryan Tenney.