A Levittown firefighter has been honored for decades of work trying to improve safety for his fellow firefighters.
Earlier this week, Tom Cuff, 85, was given the 2017 Fire Achievement Award from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.
“Tom has been working nonstop for more than 60 years to put the safety and needs of his fellow firefighters and their families front and center,” association President Kenneth Pienkowski said.
“I really appreciate the career I had,” Cuff said Thursday. “... I’m just a straight, old fireman.”
Cuff, who spent 64 years in the fire service, has long been an advocate for residential sprinkler requirements, better fire and building codes, and enhanced benefits for the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty, the association said.
He joined the Garden City Fire Department in 1953, then moved to Levittown in 1961 and joined that department, where he held several positions over the years.
He was also a commissioner of the Levittown Fire District for 20 years, served on several firefighter groups and is a past president of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.
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