Chief Rodni N. Leftwich - 5200
Chief Rodni Leftwich has been an active firefighter for the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department for over 17 years, serving in Hook & Ladder Company #1. Chief Leftwich served as 1st Lieutenant in 1998, 1999, and 2004, and served as Captain in 2000, 2001 and 2005. Chief Rodni Leftwich was elected 3rd Assistant Chief for 2006-2007, 2nd Assistant Chief for 2008-2009, 1st Assistant Chief for 2010-2011 and is currently serving as the Chief of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department for 2012-2013. Chief Leftwich, in addition to serving as company officer, is also a truck operator and engineer for tiller 5211. In his 17+year career as a firefighter, Chief Leftwich received letters of recommendation from Glen Cove EMS, Jericho Fire Department, and the Nassau County Fire Commission for his assistant to those departments.
On February 17, 1996, then firefighter Leftwich, responded to a fire at 1 Mason Drive, residents reported a woman trapped in the burning apartment. Firefighter Leftwich and firefighter John Wellenreuther made entry into the apartment. While firefighter Wellenreuther fanned the flames with a water-can, firefighter Leftwich made his way towards the victim. Firefighter Leftwich observed a wheelchair in a bedroom at which time he felt around the top of the bed and found the victim. Both firefighters worked together to remove the victim from the bed, moving through a fully involved living room to safety. The victim suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation, it was later determined that the female was bedridden and unable to move and exit the apartment herself.
Chief Leftwich was awarded 1996 Department Firefighter of the Year and the Bronze Medal of Valor from the Nassau County Fire Commission for his heroic rescue. [E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org]