WOODMERE, Long Island (PIX11) — A firefighter who was injured while fighting a blaze in the Woodmere area of Long Island last Friday has died from his injuries.
Firefighter Joseph Sanford died Tuesday at a hospital on Long Island.
Sanford was a volunteer with the Inwood Fire Department.
“This is a terrible loss for both the Inwood Fire Department and the entire volunteer fire service in New York State – especially so close to Christmas,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY – http://www.fasny.com ) President Robert McConville, who is also a member of the Selden Fire Department. “Firefighting is inherently dangerous work, but 92,000 volunteers across Long Island and the state willingly put their lives on the line everyday to protect their neighbors and their communities, just as Past Assistant Chief Sanford did last week. The volunteer fire service will come together to honor Chief Sanford’s service and sacrifice and to see that his family and our brothers and sisters in the Inwood Fire Department have all the support they need during this difficult time.”
Two other firefighters suffered minor injuries and did not require medical attention.
Fire officials are investigating.