Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano helped mark the 1 year anniversary of Ex- Inwood Fire Chief Joseph J. Sanford, Jr.’s death, by participating in a tribute that celebrated his heroic life. Sanford was affectionately called “Junior” by members of the Fire Department, where he was a dedicated member for 17 years. He was also a County employee.
Sanford died in the line of duty on December 23, 2014, while responding to a house fire in Woodmere. He is survived by his wife Jackie and his daughter Janisha.
At the press event yesterday, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced that it has paid off the remaining mortgage of the Sanford family home.
The County Executive thanked the Foundation Directors for recognizing Sanford’s years of “dedicated service to the people of Nassau County”; as well as for his “extreme act of courage.”
“Ex-Chief Sanford risked his life to save the lives of others, to protect the property of others, and today, we protect his property and that of his family,” Mangano told those gathered outside the Sanford’s home. “With tomorrow marking the one year anniversary of losing Joseph in the line of duty – we remember him in our thoughts and prayers. Joseph exemplified the dangers our volunteer firefighters place themselves in to protect us; and he reminds us of the honor and valor found in caring for your neighbor.”
For information on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and their many programs and initiatives visit: http://tunnel2towers.org