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Fire safety educator, 86, being honored in Lindenhurst
A Lindenhurst Village volunteer firefighter is scheduled tonight to receive a state award for his work educating the community about fire safety.
Harry “Pro” Prodromides is being honored with the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s Fire Safety Educator of the Year Award. The award recognizes volunteer firefighters for their “exceptional efforts in presenting fire prevention and safety education to residents in their community.” Prodromides is due to receive the award at 7 p.m. in Lindenhurst Firemen’s Memorial Park.
Prodromides, 86, has been with the Lindenhurst fire department since 1971. Although he no longer responds to fire calls, each October, he lectures more than 3,500 students at seven local elementary schools on the importance of fire safety. He stresses planning evacuation routes and meeting points in case of a house fire. He also oversees fire drills at the schools to make sure the children know how to properly and quickly exit.
Prodromides joined the department’s Fire Prevention Committee in 1993. He became its chairman in 1995, and moved to improve and update the program.
Prodromides previously worked as a photographer for Grumman. A Lindenhurst resident for 60 years, Prodromides served as an Army Air Forces aerial photographer in Europe during World War II.