Dix Hills FD Mourns the Loss of Ex-Chief Fred Reithel
The Dix Hills Fire Department mourned the loss of well-respected Ex-Chief and Past Commissioner Fred Reithel, who answered his last alarm on May 21, 2015 at the age of 93.
Reithel served in the United States Navy where he built PT boats, then worked for Sperry where he produced the navigation system for submarines. He later bought land on Caledonia Road in 1955, where he built his own house and joined the ranks of the Dix Hills Fire Department.
Reithel served the department with dedication and commitment in his 52 years of service, serving as a lieutenant for 14 years, Chief from 1974 to 1975, and Commissioner for 11 years.
The department and Dix Hills community has grown and developed much in the last 52 years, and Fred had seen it change from a predominantly rural and farm community to a mainly residential area with several heavily traveled major highways running through the district. Although times have changed, the department has progressed due to the dedication of its members like Fred Reithel.
Chief Reithel will be deeply missed by the Dix Hills Fire Department and community.
Story and Photos by Steve Silverman