John Scalesi Jr. ’75 - EMT, Fire Rescue Instructor
After graduation from Mepham, John joined the U. S. Army where his life-long dedication to rescue work was begun. He served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for nineteen years and, in 1994, retired from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Dept. where he was employed as a jailer. John became a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and a CPR Instructor in 1994 and continues in those capacities to this day. He has served many years as a New York State Athletic Commission Boxing Inspector and a New York State Wrestling Judge. He began as a New York State Fire Rescue Instructor in 1995, a position he still fills.
Finding volunteer service a fulfilling way of life, John joined the Bellmore Fire Dept. in 1988, served as lieutenant 1994-95 and captain in both 1996 and 2005. He also served the North Bellmore Fire Dept. for ten years. A dedicated volunteer fireman, John also became an active member of the Knights of Columbus earning their highest level of recognition—Fourth Degree Knight. In the Sons of Italy he served on the Board of Directors 1998-2001 and was a member of the Bellmore Little League committee 1992-95. He was president of the Bellmore Lions Club, 2003-04; president of the Bellmore Kiwanis Club, 2005-06; and vice commander of the Bellmore American Legion 1994-96. John has served as an advisor to the Mepham and Kennedy High Schools’ Key Clubs since 1998.
His life and career of helping others has been recognized many times over. A Newsday Volunteer Recognition Winner in 1991 for his commendable record of volunteer service, added: “all while serving as a role-model for others with speech disabilities.” John received awards for multiple fire rescues, was Newsday and the North Bellmore Fire Dept. “Fireman of the Year” in 1988, and received both the Town of Hempstead and the Nassau County “Fire Service Life Saving Medals.”
John and his wife, Maria, live in Bellmore where he continues to serve his many communities.
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