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Sayville Fire Department Ex-Chief Robert A. Knight Dies at 64

Article and photo submitted by Don Marra of the Sayville Fire Department

It is with deep regret that the Chief's Office of the Sayville Fire Department announces the untimely passing and Line of Duty Death of Ex-Chief and Safety Officer Robert A. Knight.  

Chief “Bobby” Knight, of Medford, was 64 years of age.  He had a long and distinguished career in the Fire Service. Ex-Chief Knight was a 35 year member of the Sayville Fire Department and served as Chief of Department from 1994 to 1996.  He was also a former member of the East Hampton Fire Department from 1975 to 1979, and North Patchogue Fire Department from 1968 to 1969. 

An active member of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York since 1982, Bobby was Vice Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the past 25 years.  His legislative knowledge, experience, and personality were of extraordinary value to FASNY and the entire volunteer fire service.  Chief Knight also served as President of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.

Bobby served as a respected voice in advocating for fire fighters across Long Island, New York State and nationally.  A true advocate to the end, he passed away on May 1st, 2014, while in attendance at the annual Congressional Fire Service Institute Meetings in Washington D.C.

Bobby worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 30 years before retiring and he most recently worked in the office of Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay.

He is survived by his four children Mark, Sean, Rory and Meghan and two grandchildren Lucy and Liam.

Viewing will be held at the Sayville Fire Department Headquarters located at 107 North Main Street, Sayville, Friday May 9th, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturday May 10th, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, with Firematic Service at 3:00 PM.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to:

The Suffolk County Firefighters Burn Center Fund

P.O. Box 765

Smithtown, NY  11787

Letters of cards and condolence may be sent to the family in care of:

Sayville Fire Department

107 North Main Street

Sayville, NY  11782

Denise Karl May 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM
You do not know how many people this man has touched in his lifetime. His passing leaves a very large hole in so many hearts.

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