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Suffolk Police Officers Honored for Fire Rescue

Joseph Kellerd
Deer Park Patch

Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer recently joined with Town Board members to present a Heroism Award to Suffolk County Police Officers Michael Maio and Adam Quinones for their rescue of two North Amityville residents.

A ceremony was held at Town Hall in Lindenhurst to present the officers with the Town’s most prestigious honor. Joining Supervisor Schaffer in honoring the police officers at the ceremony were Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature DuWayne Gregory, Councilman Tom Donnelly, Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma, Town Clerk Carol Quirk and Assistant Deputy County Executive Tim Sini.

Officers Maio and Quinones were on a regular patrol when they noticed smoke from a house on Miller Avenue in North Amityville. They acted quickly, entered the home, and helped resident James Brown. Upon uncovering that Brown’s 13-year-old grandson, Tizia Gibbs, was still inside, Maio ran back into the home to rescue him. Although the smoke cover was thick, Maio’s was still able to rescue Tizia by giving verbal evacuation directions.

While officers Quinones, Brown, and Gibbs were not injured, Officer Maio had to be treated for smoke inhalation at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.

Photo 1 Courtesy Town of Babylon: Supervisor Schaffer (left) presents Suffolk County Police Officers Adam Quinones and Michael Maio with Heroism Awards as North Amityville Fire Chief John Harley and Assistant Deputy County Executive Tim Sini look on.

Photo 2 Courtesy Town of Babylon: Pictured are Receiver of Taxes DiSomma (left); Supervisor Schaffer (back left); Town Clerk Carol Quirk (second from left); Officer Maio (second from back left); James Brown (fourth from left); Officer Quinones (fourth from back left); Councilman Donnelly (right); Deputy Supervisor Martinez (second from right); Assistant Deputy County Executive Tim Sini (third from right); Presiding Officer Gregory (fourth from right); Former North Amityville Fire Department Chief Nelson (back right); North Amityville Fire Department Chief John Harley (seventh from right); Tizia Gibbs (third from back right); and family members.