Neil Hicks, ex-Chief of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department (M-LFD), peacefully passed away on April 7, 2024. He was a pillar of the firefighting community, dedicating his life to service and leadership.

Neil’s journey began in 1962 when he joined the M-LFD, marking the beginning of a remarkable career that spanned over six decades. Throughout his tenure, Neil held various pivotal roles, leaving an indelible mark on the department’s history. He served as Chief of Department from 1991 to 1993, guiding M-LFD with wisdom and unwavering dedication. His leadership extended beyond his chiefdom; he also served as Captain of Company 3 from 1972 to 1974 and as President of Company 3 from 1967 to 1969. Neil’s commitment to excellence and tireless work ethic earned him the respect and admiration of his peers. Neil also served as Lieutenant of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Police Unit and contributed his expertise to the M-LFD Antique Committee, preserving the department’s rich history for future generations. He also represented M-LFD as a liaison to the Firemen’s Home, advocating for the welfare of firefighters in their later years.

Beyond M-LFD, Neil’s impact reached across Nassau County and beyond. He served as the past-President of the M-LFD Ambulance Unit from 2003 to 2004, demonstrating his commitment to public safety in all capacities. In 2021, Neil’s leadership was further recognized when he assumed the role of President of the Executive Council of Nassau County, a testament to his esteemed reputation and influential presence. Neil’s dedication to his community extended to his involvement in the North Shore Fire Council, where he served as President in 2024, leaving an enduring legacy of service and camaraderie. He was also a cherished member of the Minutemen Drill Team, embodying the spirit of teamwork and excellence in every endeavor.

Neil Hicks is survived by his beloved children, Neil Jr. and Kathy Hicks, who carry on his legacy of service with pride and honor. He is also survived by his brothers Preston, Bruce and Patrick Hicks, and sisters June and Theresa, who will forever cherish his memory and the profound impact he made on their lives and the lives of countless others.

Neil Hicks’ passing leaves a void in the firefighting community, but his legacy of courage, integrity, and selflessness will continue to inspire generations to come. May his soul rest in eternal peace, knowing that his contributions have made the world a safer and better place.

– Submitted by Kevin Lee