Ex-Chief Ross Huffer who was a 48-year member of the Nesconset Fire Department was honored today with the renaming of Mildred Ct. to Ross E. Huffer. The ceremony took place with with family and friends and with members of the department. Town of Smithtown Councilman Robert J. Creighton and Edward R. Wehrheim, Smithtown Town Clerk Vincent Puleo also attended.
Ex-Chief Huffer was the Nesconset Chief of Department from 1982-1984 He received the Medal of Valor for saving a resident from a house fire in December of 1981. He also received the Smithtown Fire Chiefs Council’s Unit Citation in 1992 and 1994. Ross was directly responsible for restoring the department’s 1937 American LaFrance pumper. His restoration of the pumper resulted in the department winning numerous awards.
Ex-Chief Huffer died from an apparent heart attack when he returned from a previous alarm.
Ross Huffer was added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.