Thursday, July 9, 2015


Text Box:  Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Co., Inc.
83 Cutter Mill Road l Great Neck, NY  11021         
Bus. (516) 487-1086
Fax  (516) 487-7216
Fire  (516) 482-5000

Contact: Joshua Forst, Chief                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone: 516-487-1086


Great Neck Plaza, NY – July 7, 2015 – Annually, the Vigilant Fire Company awards scholarships to students from Great Neck North and Great Neck South High Schools who have demonstrated exemplary volunteerism. The awards, named for Vigilant Chief Jonathan Ielpi who was killed on September 11, 2001, are given to graduating seniors who like Jon did, show a true commitment to community and service.

This year, Chief Joshua Forst, accompanied by Jon's mother Anne and Sisters Anne Marie and Melissa, were pleased to present the Jonathan L. Ielpi Scholarship to Probationary members Yalda Shamash and Aaron Ratner. Both Yalda and Aaron have given countless hours to the Vigilant Fire Company and the Great Neck community. Yalda will attend City University of New York in September and Aaron has chosen to attend the University of Delaware. “We are very proud of our members and lucky to count them among our ranks. Thank you for your service and for carrying on the legacy of our departed friend.” Said Joshua Forst, Chief of Department.

The Vigilant Fire Company is an all volunteer fire company which provides fire and heavy rescue services to the villages of Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Great Neck Estates, and parts of Thomaston and the unincorporated area of the Town of North Hempstead on the Great Neck Peninsula.  The Vigilant Fire Company also provides all emergency medical services for the entire peninsula from the Long Island Railroad tracks north to the Long Island Sound.  Annually, the membership receives nearly 2,500 calls for emergency assistance.  To report a fire or medical emergency call 516-482-5000.  For other non-emergency questions call 516-487-1086 or email

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