The Chiefs Office, Board of Fire Commissioners, officers and members of Company 1 and the Wantagh Fire Department regret to announce the passing of 44-year member Thomas Avitabile, Badge 1128. Tom was an Ex-Captain of Squad 1.

Tom, 62, grew up in Wantagh and attended Wantagh Public Schools, graduating from Wantagh High School. He worked for many years at Grumman in Bethpage and Olympus. He remained in Wantagh and was married to his wife Linda for 39 years. He is also survived by his sister Theresa and her husband Russ Langlois as well as many nieces and nephews.

Tom was a very active member of the department and was one of the most reliable drivers of Rescue 1 and Squad 1, especially for daytime alarms when manpower is often critical. He was an active member of the Hazardous Materials Response Team and the Dive Team. He was a past-President and longtime Trustee of Wantagh Hook, Ladder and Engine Company 1, and was currently serving as a Department Trustee.               

– Fire News photos by Kevin Regan; Wantagh PIO