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Massapequa firemen hold benefit for sick kids

Engine Company No. 1 is one of three

Engine Company No. 1 is one of three firehouses that make up the Massapequa Fire Department. The department has about 270 volunteers. The department provides service to about 19,000 homes and responds to an average of 2,400 calls annually. (July 14, 2011) Credit: Frank Posillico

The Massapequa Fire Department will hold its 17th annual Canoe 4 Kids Emergency Services Canoe Challenge fundraiser Aug. 13 at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa to benefit local families with critically ill children.

Registration for the charity canoe race, on a two-mile course that travels down Jones Creek to South Oyster Bay, begins at 8 a.m., with the day’s first race at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $100 per two-person canoe. There are different race divisions for firefighters, peace officers, fitness clubs, social clubs, corporations and seniors.

Following the races, a barbecue will be held at the park, at 4990 Merrick Rd., featuring food, refreshments and entertainment for children. Past events have raised as much as $30,000, said Tom McCarthy, one of the organizers.

This year’s event will benefit Eden II Programs’ The Genesis School, for those with autism, as well as a 19-year-old Westbury resident with a traumatic brain-stem injury. Last year’s recipient was the Pendergast Fund, established to benefit the severely ill children of local volunteer firefighters.

For more information, visit or contact McCarthy at 516-729-3701 or Pat Byrnes at 516-721-7942.

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