Frank L. Obremski, age 64, was an ex-chief and ex-president of the North Babylon Volunteer Fire Company of Long Island, New York. He entered the fire service in 1969, and rose through the ranks to serve as chief of the department in 1992-1993. He served as president of the fire company in 2004-2005. Ex-Chief Obremski dedicated his career to the training, safety, and professionalism of his fire department and its members. He developed new and innovative safety drills for the newer members of the department. A true professional with a wealth of knowledge, Obremski was well respected by his peers and community members and leaders.
Since 2005, Frank was a deputy fire coordinator for the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. While serving in this capacity, he answered his last alarm on March 10, 2014. Obremski was president of the Town of Babylon Fire Chiefs Association and a fire coordinator for the Town of Babylon. He received the Chief Francis Noonan Award and the Chief Scarangella Award from the fire company. He was a trustee of the North Babylon Benevolent Association, a member of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, New York State Fire Chiefs, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Training, hard work, and courage were rewarding factors to him, a true hero to all he encountered. Obremski enjoyed the challenges of fire service and sharing his skills with fellow members of the department. His commitment to his community was a sign of his leadership.
He was a retired deputy chief of the MTA Police, formerly the Long Island Railroad Police, after 29 years of dedicated service. Obremski has degrees from Farmingdale State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a master’s degree from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. He also graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Obremski was married to the former Nancy Pennecke for 43 years. They looked forward to traveling in their retirement. He is also survived by his brother, John, of Haymarket, Virginia, a member of the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department.
Once, while on vacation in the Bahamas, Obremski noticed a car fire and quickly extinguished the fire before the Nassau fire brigade arrived. He was always prepared to handle emergency situations. His family and friends looked up to him for his knowledge and support in handling all encounters in a calm, caring, and organized manner. Ex-Chief Obremski was a superior leader. As a firefighter, EMT, rescue member, and officer, he devoted his energies to being the best firefighter he could be.
Our hero, Frank L. Obremski, is greatly missed by his wife, family, friends, and members of his fire department and community.