Joseph Angland Jr., a lifelong member of the Patchogue Community Ambulance and longtime member with Engine Company 1 with the Patchogue Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday of complications suffered in a car accident Dec. 12. He was 46.
"He was always willing to help people under any circumstance," said his wife of 10 years, Sandra. "He dedicated his life to being a volunteer and reaching out to people in need. He was this big-hearted, mushy, friendly guy. Everybody loved him."
The Blue Point resident was admitted to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center on Dec. 12 after his car was hit broadside on Patchogue-Holbrook Road at the intersection of Buckley Road in the North Patchogue Fire District. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut the roof off the car and extract him from the vehicle. He suffered internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen and multiple fractures.
Angland was born in Flushing in 1962. He graduated from Newfield High School in 1980.
"He was such a wonderful son, and he would do anything for his family," said his mother, Arlene Angland. "He was always there for us. He really put it together, and we were very proud of him."
His brother Danny of Nesconset, said, "He lived his whole life to help others, and I know that came from growing up in a closely knit neighborhood in Selden where everyone looked out for each other. ... I'll never forget all the holidays where we all came back to the neighborhood to throw the football around and enjoy each other's company. Joey always looked forward to those occasions."
It was only a month ago that Angland was out playing touch football on South Newtown Avenue in Selden, the street he grew up on, with his three brothers, neighborhood friends and his four nephews.
"He would be so excited to see everyone and catch up with the families," Danny Angland said. "He'd visit the neighbors and make the rounds. I can't believe he's gone. He touched so many lives and left an indelible mark."
Angland, who recently worked as a truck driver, was in and out of the fire department for more than two decades.
"He's had over 20 years of service in the Patchogue Fire Department," said Patchogue Chief Michael LoDolce. "He's really had a positive impact in the department over the past year. His effort has been exemplary."
Besides his brother Danny and his wife, Sandra, Angland leaves his parents, Joseph and Arlene Angland of Selden; two other brothers, John and his wife, Tina, of Manorville, and Tommy and his wife, Marianna, of Setauket; and his sister, Maria of Port Jefferson Station.
Visiting hours are tonight from 7 to 9:30 and tomorrow, 2 to 4:30 and 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bayport-Blue Point Funeral Home, 683 Montauk Hwy. Firematic services will be held tomorrow night at 8, and a religious service will be celebrated Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A firematic escort from the funeral home will follow to interment at Washington Memorial Park in Coram.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to Leigha's Hope at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 425 Broad Hollow Rd., Suite 318, Melville, NY 11747.