Friday, July 3, 2015


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

 Great Neck Plaza, NY – July 2, 2015 – Just before 5:45 PM tonight, as many prepared for the July 4th holiday weekend the dedicated volunteer members of the Vigilant Fire Company responded to a call for a woman who had fallen from a Long Island Railroad Train to the track below.

Upon arrival, Chief Joshua Forst found a 74 year-old woman under the train platform who had fallen while disembarking at the Great Neck Station. The patient was calm and complaining of minor injuries. While Chief Forst worked with the LIRR Movement Bureau and the MTA Police Department to ensure that power was off to the 750 volt 3rd rail and coordinate the rescue effort, the volunteer members descended to the track below to assess and extricate the injured woman. Second Assistant Chief Justin Sachmechi, Second Lieutenant Joseph Oginski, and Nassau County Police Department Emergency Ambulance Bureau Paramedic Matthew Gordon found the patient was conscious, alert, and had minor injuries. Their challenge would be extricating her from the tight space and removing her without further injury.

Within 35 minutes, the crew of three had secured the patient and were able to slide her under the train and lift her back onto the train and remove her from the original platform where she had intended to alight. The patient was transported in stable condition to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset for evaluation.

While this was happening, the Vigilant Fire Company also responded to a 14 year-old suffering from a seizure in Saddle Rock Estates, and a Carbon Monoxide Detector activation in the Village of Great Neck Estates.

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, 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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