Leonard “Lenny” Llewellyn was a 53-year member of the Mattituck Fire Department (MFD) in Mattituck, Long Island, New York. Since joining the MFD in 1970, he achieved the rank of lieutenant. During his service in 1985, Leonard also served as one of the founding fathers of the MFD Junior “Bulldog” Fire Department program. The overall goal of the program was to promote fire safety among school-age individuals and communicate the fire department’s role in serving the community. His principal responsibilities within the department were in traffic management, safety, and communications. As a safety officer, he rose to the rank of captain in Fire Police Company #5. Lenny also served as the MFD’s official photographer.
In both 1992 and 2002, Lenny was honored by the MFD as Fireman of the Year. He also served as president for the North Fork Volunteer Fireman’s Association from 1996 to 1998.
Mr. Llewellyn owned and operated a fire extinguisher company with residential and commercial customers throughout the east end of Long Island. He was active in the local historical society and was an active member of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. During his service in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Leonard received several award citations, including a Coast Guard Unit Commendation (5 times), a Secretary’s Outstanding Unit Award, a Presidential Unit Citation, an Auxiliary Membership Service Award (2 times), and a Special Operations Service Ribbon.
He also taught a boating safety course for hundreds of youngsters and adults through the United States Power Squadron.
One of his personal interests was monitoring weather conditions for the National Weather Service. Each day Leonard would gather and forward weather statistics collected in his backyard to a centralized location on Long Island.
At the age of 82, while responding to a fire call, Lenny was hit by a car while crossing a street in a designated crossing area just a block away from the firehouse. He sustained massive internal injuries and died two days later.
According to a statement from the department, Lenny was a pillar of the fire prevention program. Residents of Mattituck remember Leonard Llewellyn as a compassionate and committed lifelong member of the community.