It is with deep regret to announce the passing of Life Member, Ex-Chief, Past Commissioner Laurence “Jerry” McGrath .  Jerry McGrath has been a member of the Centereach Fire Department for over 50 years.  Joining the Department in 1967, McGrath was originally assigned to Rescue Company # 1.  He moved up into the Officer ranks in 1970 as Lieutenant of Rescue Co. 1.  In 1972 he was elected the 1st ever Captain of the newly formed Engine Company 3 which he held the rank in both 1972 & 1973.  Following the rank of Captain he held the rank of Assistant Chief from 1975 – 1979.  In 1980 he was elected Chief of the Department.  Following the Chief ranks McGrath ran for Fire Commissioner which he served One 5 year term from 1983-1987, he also served as Vice-President of the Centereach Fireman’s Benevolent Association.  The members of the Department are very saddened by the loss of a great man, a great leader and brother firefighter.  We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.  Rest Easy Chief, you will not be forgotten.