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Two running to fill RVCFD chief seats

On Thursday, April 4, the members of the Rockville Centre Fire Department will go to the polls to elect a slate of Chief officers to lead the department for the next two years.

Preparing to take the reins from Chief John H. Busching is First Assistant Chief John S. Thorp III. Thorp is a lifelong resident of Rockville Centre. From their Rockville Avenue home, he and his wife Cindi have raised their four children: Kenneth, Colleen, Kevin and Jack. Thorp retired from Verizon after 30 years of service and is currently employed by the Village of Rockville Centre as the Deputy Superintendent of Public Works.

Thorp has been a member of Eureka Hook Ladder and Bucket Company No. 1 of the Rockville Centre Fire Department for 38t years. As a member of Eureka, he has served on numerous company and department committees as Eureka’s Warden to the Fire Council, and as a line officer for 15 years prior to his election to the Chief’s Office in 2009.

Also moving up in the Chief’s line is current Second Assistant Chief Robert J. Seaman. Seaman, a 24-year member of Live Oak Engine Company No. 1, will be assuming the duties of First Assistant Chief. Seaman has been involved in many of the facets of the Rockville Centre Fire Department, on both the company and department levels. He served as a line officer in Live Oak and as Chief Fire Inspector for eight years prior to his election as Second Assistant Chief in 2011. Seaman is employed by P.C. Richard Inc. and is the General Manager of the Rockville Centre store on Sunrise Highway. He and his wife Lauren are residents of South Park Ave.

The members of the Rockville Centre Fire Department are very fortunate to have two especially qualified and dedicated men vying for the position of Second Assistant Chief.


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