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Single-Car Crash Claims the Life of Retired East Meadow, New York, Firefighter

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Crash Claims the Life of Retired E.Meadow, NY, Firefighter

Crash Claims the Life of Retired Firefighter

An elderly Port Jefferson Station man is dead following a single-car crash early Wednesday.

Pasquale Aiello, 81, was on his way to the East Meadow Fire Department at the time of the 4:57 a.m. crash. According to Newsday, Aiello was a fixture at the station for more than 30 years, where he was known for cooking big breakfasts on Sundays, and being the first person to arrive in the morning.

Aiello, a retiree who did maintenance work at the East Meadow, New York, firehouse, was traveling west on the Northern State Parkway when he lost control of his Nissan Altima and struck a tree near Exit 42 in Dix Hills, State Police told Newsday. He was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation, but police do not believe road conditions were a factor.

Aiello, known around the firehouse as “Patty,” had been a full-time maintenance worker at the firehouse ever since retiring as a New York City sanitation foreman about two decades ago. His three daughters often tried to convince their father to cut back on his hours, but to no avail, according to Newsday.

Aiello was the son of Italian immigrants who sold produce from a pushcart in the Little Italy section of the Bronx, his daughter Rose Ann Pfeiffer, 57, of Smithtown, told Newsday. “They came from nothing . . . and they had to make a living,” Pfeiffer said. “His father was like that; his mother was like that.”

In the 1970’s, Aiello and his wife, Mary, and three daughters, moved to East Meadow, where Aiello joined the fire department  and fell in love with the atmosphere and camaraderie. He rose to the rank of rescue captain and became a lifetime member of Ladder Co. No. 1, according to Newsday.

He didn’t work on Monday and on Tuesday Jim Aspenleiter, an East Meadow volunteer and maintenance worker, called to check on Aiello. Aiello told Aspenleiter he was sick, so Aspenleiter told him to take the day off.

“No,” Aiello replied. “I’m coming in.” disclaimer: This article: Single-Car Crash Claims the Life of Retired East Meadow, New York, Firefighter was posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 3:34 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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