Farmingville, NY - On January 18, Brookhaven Town Fire Marshal Michael Seymour was in the right place at the right time when he took action to reunite a three-year-old child with his family in Medford. The child, who had wandered from his home, was observed at 7:30 p.m. walking alone with no coat or shoes on Old Medford Avenue near Horseblock Road. Fire Marshal Seymour pulled over in his Town vehicle and spoke with the child who could not tell him where he lived. The Suffolk County Police were notified and a canvass of the neighborhood to search for the child’s home and family was initiated which included members of the Medford Volunteer Ambulance Corp. going door-to-door. At approximately 8 p.m., the parents were located at a home nearly ½ mile away from where Fire Marshal Seymour first observed the child. Shortly thereafter, the child was reunited with his parents who were relieved and thankful that Fire Marshal Seymour helped bring their son home safely.
Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “Fire Marshall Seymour’s efforts to safeguard the child surely brought this incident to a happy ending for the family. I commend his actions and concern for the welfare of the child and I thank the Suffolk County Police and Medford Volunteer Ambulance members for their quick response and assistance.”
Councilman Neil Foley said, “As a father of four, I can imagine the fear that the parents felt when they discovered that their child was missing and their joy and relief when he was brought home safely. Fire Marshal Seymour has made us all proud for going above and beyond to help someone in need.”