Thomas H. Mendenhall, age 76, of East Quogue, passed away from complications from Covid-19.

Thomas joined the East Quogue Fire Department in 1965 and served the department in a variety of positions including Chief, Fire Police Captain, Treasurer and Chaplain. He was recognized as a 55-year member and Fireman of the Year. He was also the Chaplain for the Fire Chiefs Council of Suffolk County.

A Firematic service was conducted at the Scott-Rothwell Funeral Home in Hampton Bays officiated by East Quogue Chief Ted Jankowski along with Chaplain Joseph McCarthy of the NYS Association of Fire Chaplains. Bellport Fire Department Chaplain Frank Trotta made a presentation to Mrs. Mendenhall on behalf of the association.

Thomas leaves behind his wife Margaret (Peggy) Mendenhall, soulmates since 1997, in addition to four daughters, a stepson and step daughter and five wonderful grandchildren. Rest easy, Thomas.

– Fire News photos by Ron Monteleone, story by Chaplain Frank Trotta