Two Officers Who Saved the Lives of Three

The MTA honored two police officers for saving the lives of three Long Islanders in April.

Photo of Police Heroes with MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota
On May 23, MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota, left, and MTA Police Chief Michael Coan, right, honored two MTA police officers, Kenneth Wilson (second from left) and Patrick Riedel.

The quick actions of the two officers saved the lives of three people in an early-morning building fire in Westbury, Long Island, on Sunday, April 15.

On routine patrol just a few minutes into the new day, the officers came upon a building on fire at 249 Post Avenue. They immediately requested the assistance of Nassau County Police and fire rescue via radio. They then entered the burning building and located three individuals on the third floor. Two adults and a 5-year-old child were evacuated to safety. All three refused medical aid.

The Westbury Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze.

Police Officer Riedel has nine years on the MTA Police force, and Officer Wilson has eight years.