Rocky Point Fire Department Honorary Chief Frank W. Stringer was laid to rest on May16, 2016, following an illness.
Frank joined the department in March 1974. He served as Captain of the Rocky Point Fire Co. 1 in 1987, several terms as Captain of Fire Police Co. 4 and was a trustee of the department’s benevolent association when he died. He was honored as the Fireman of the Year in 1984 for his skilled treatment of a child struck by a vehicle near his home, as well as being bestowed the title of Honorary Chief of the Rocky Point Fire Department.
Frank was well known throughout New York State through his long-time involvement with several fraternal firematic organizations in which he served in many capacities supporting the operations of local and state fire police. During his tenure, he served as the President of the Brookhaven Town Fire Police Association (2006-2007), New York State Fire Police Association (2012-2013) and the Brookhaven Town Firemen’s Advisory Board (2015-Present). Frank was employed as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration for 11 years and later worked as the district manager for the Rocky Point Fire District.
Known for his ability to coordinate resources, Frank was an integral part of the planning and execution of many large-scale operations whether an emergency scene, charity motorcycle run or funeral detail. In addition, his talents were recruited for the inaugural large-scale antique fire apparatus photo shoot in 2015 and were instrumental in its success.
Frank is survived by his wife of 53 years Judy, his son Neil (Megan) as well as grandchildren Maura and Matthew. Firematic services were held at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church with interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
– Fire News photos by Tom Rinelli