Recovering veteran firefighter gets drive-by boost from friends and family

The positive vibes were flowing from 83-year-old Tom Adams. He is known as "TA" at the Wantagh Fire House, where he has been a member for the past five decades.

News 12 Staff

Feb 28, 2021, 4:00 PM

Updated 1,240 days ago

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There wasn't a fire at Central Island Healthcare on Saturday, but an emergency delivery of love and support was given to a special resident who is recovering from surgery.
The positive vibes were flowing from 83-year-old Tom Adams. He is known as "TA" at the Wantagh Fire House, where he has been a member for the past five decades.
His friends, family and fellow firefighters gathered outside the Plainview rehab facility to encourage him to heal and ge
Feeling the love outside Central Island Healthcare, Feb. 27, 2021
“We heard he was a little down and out, so we said, ‘let’s do a drive-by and cheer him up,” Steven Minogue.
TA was able to video call in to say hello to his friends and family, who said the smile on his face spoke volumes.
“You couldn't ask for more…This just lightened up his life,” says daughter Maureen Foley.
Aside from generations of firefighters he trained, TA has 13 grandchildren, five children and his wife of more than 60 years.
They say he's been in the rehab facility since a surgery in January.


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