BROOKHAVEN — CSEA members and Brookhaven town officials recently honored Fire Marshall Michael Seymour for recently rescuing a 3 year-old boy from imminent danger.

On the day of the incident, Seymour was working the night shift and driving near a busy intersection in Medford when he noticed the boy wandering the busy street with no shoes or coat on.

Realizing the child was in danger, Seymour pulled over to speak to him. Despite a language barrier, Seymour managed to earn enough of the boy’s trust to get the child to sit with him in the town vehicle that Seymour was driving.

In an attempt to calm the boy, who was very upset, Seymour let him watch videos on an iPad.

At that point, Seymour contacted the Suffolk County Police Department. Multiple units of officers and the Medford Volunteer Ambulance Corp. members, searched the area for the child’s home and parents.

In about a half hour, the boy’s parents were found.

According to town officials, the parents left the boy with an older sibling who left the child alone momentarily so she could take a shower. It was then that the boy wandered away from the home.

Brookhaven town officials presented Marshall with a special commendation for his efforts.
While some people might call Seymour a hero, he doesn’t seem too impressed with his generous act.

“I don’t have much to say other than it was a case of being in the right place at the right time,” Seymour said. “I expect that any employee would stop for a lost child.”

— Wendi Bowie

CSEA Town of Brookhaven White Collar Unit members and Town of Brookhaven officials present Michael Seymour with a commendation for his selfless act of helping a lost child in distress. From left, Fire Marshall Christopher Ivans, Fire Marshall Edward Hudson, Senior Fire Marshall Richard Hahn, Chief Fire Marshal Christopher Mehrman, Councilwoman Valerie Cartright, Councilwoman Jane Bonner, Councilman Kevin LaValle, Supervisor Edward P. Romaine, Fire Marshall Michael Seymour, Councilman Daniel Panico, Councilman Michael Loguercio, Councilman Neil Foley, Fire Marshall and White Collar Unit Executive Vice President Walter Dunn, Senior Fire Marshall John Buchner and Senior Fire Marshall Michael Matteo. Photo by Dennis Whittam.
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Wendi Bowie

Wendi Bowie is an award-winning journalist who has focused the majority of her career on covering Long Island news. Her efforts have earned her the Press Club of Long Island Media Award for Public Affairs and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting Folio Award. Wendi was drawn to her current position as Communications Specialist for CSEA’s Long Island Region because it speaks to her strong desire to champion the rights of the common man and woman.

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