Town honors safety officer for saving lives


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The Town of Oyster Bay Board recently honored Public Safety Officer Frank Lewis of Plainview for entering a burning building and helping to lead all six occupants to safety.

The Town of Oyster Bay recently honored Town of Oyster Bay Public Safety Officer Frank Lewis, of Plainview, for his heroic and lifesaving actions upon encountering a house fire while on duty.

On Saturday, November 4, 2023, at approximately 7:55 p.m., Officer Lewis observed smoke and flames coming from the rear of a house located on West Cherry Street in Hicksville. After notifying the Town’s Operations Center and requesting response from the fire department, Officer Lewis entered the burning building and assisted all six occupants safely out of the house. The occupants were not aware of the fire, which caused significant damage to the home.

“Officer Lewis’ decisive actions were likely lifesaving. Had he not responded quickly and skillfully, the outcome could have been tragically different,” said Saladino. “Myself and the entire Town Board thank you for your incredible bravery in answering the call to duty when fellow citizens were in peril. It is due to your courage, and the courage of all our first responders and men and women in uniform, that we get to enjoy the safety and beauty of each new day.”

Following the rescue of the home’s occupants, members of the Hicksville Fire Department arrived on the scene and successfully extinguished the fire.

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