It is with deep regret the Centereach Fire Department announced the passing of Life Member, ex-Chief, and past-Commissioner Laurence ‘Jerry’ McGrath.

Jerry McGrath has been a member of the Centereach Fire Department for over 50 years. Joining the Department in 1967, he moved up into the officer ranks in 1970 as Lieutenant of Rescue Company 1. In 1972 he was the first-ever Captain of the newly formed Engine Company 3, which he served in both 1972 and 1973.

McGrath held the rank of Assistant Chief from 1975 to 1979. In 1980 he was elected Chief of the Department. He then ran for Fire Commissioner in which he served a five-year term from 1983 to 1987. He also served as Vice-President of the Centereach Fireman’s Benevolent Association. The members of the department are very saddened by the loss of a great man, a great leader and brother firefighter. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Rest easy Chief, you will not be forgotten.

– Fire News story by Matt Gehm