As a lead-up to Firefighter Night at the Nassau Coliseum on November 17th, when the Islanders meet the Vancouver Canucks, goaltender Joey MacDonald visited the North Bellmore Firehouse on Friday.
Following in Chris Campoli and Bruno Gervais' footsteps from last season, MacDonald had the rare opportunity to experience the day-in-the-life of a real fireman on Long Island.
MacDonald met with the North Bellmore Rescue Team, taking part in a couple of rescue drills. For the first, he was raised three stories to the top of a building to participate in a mid-air rescue. Strapped to a harness, MacDonald was lowered from the building top to save a window-washing dummy. After securing the stuffed figure, MacDonald was lowered the rest of the way down.
The day concluded with an exciting rescue from a sealed car. Unable to get the door open through conventional methods, MacDonald and the rescue workers had to pry the car apart with a jaws of life.
"This was a really unique experience for me," said MacDonald. "You really get an appreciation for what firemen and rescue workers do, especially the ones on Long Island, where many volunteer."