An ex-chief of the Lakeview Fire Department were among those honored by the Town of Hempstead at the Firematic Awards Thursday night.
Ex-Chief Michael Koppel was honored for his exemplary fire service.
“Tonight, I am proud to stand among a group of Hempstead Town’s bravest as we salute the courageous and caring individuals who volunteer their time and efforts to protect our communities,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said. “No matter the time of day, or the conditions presented to them, these brave men and women are at the ready, even at the most harrowing moments, to care for their fellow citizens.”
Joining the Lakeview Fire Department in 1994, Ex-Chief Michael Koppel quickly began a journey that includes blazing a trail as Nassau County’s first Orthodox Jewish Fire Chief.
Michael Koppel began his ascent in the Lakeview Fire Department by serving as the Emergency Services Director for five years.
From there, Ex-Chief Koppel quickly rose through the ranks, serving as lieutenant, captain and assistant chief. Our honoree made history in 2011 when he achieved the rank of Chief. During his term, Michael provided inspired leadership for a department that handles over 600 fire and emergency calls a year.
Having completed his tour as Chief, Michael continues to serve the Lakeview Fire Department in many capacities including actively serving in both the firefighting and EMS divisions, as well as serving as Executive to the Officer’s Council and the department’s liaison to the Inter-operation of Emergency Volunteer Response Agencies Council.