It is with deep regret and sadness that the Centereach Fire Department announced that Honorary Deputy Chief Lawrence Viverito has answered his last alarm. He was 79-years old.

Viverito joined the Centereach Fire Department on May 2, 1977, first serving with Emergency Company 1 (1977-1989), Engine Company 3 (1989-1998) and the Fire Police Company (1998-present) He held the rank of Lieutenant in the Emergency Company in 1981, 1986 and 1987. He was highly trained in rescue operations, as well as being a certified EMT.

On April 23, 1981, he was involved with the rescue of trapped workers in the Eastwood Boulevard water tower for which he and other members of the department were recognized by Town of Brookhaven and the Suffolk County Medal of Valor for their heroic actions.

On June 21, 2021, members of the Centereach Fire Department brought forth a resolution to appoint Lawrence Viverito the rank of Honorary Deputy Chief for his years of service to the department. The department wishes to send its deepest sympathy and thoughts to his family and loved ones.                   

– Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone