Nassau County OEM chief Craig Craft dies, officials say – New York News

The commissioner of Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management died of a heart attack Wednesday, officials said.

Craig Craft, 53, was “a real hero” who guided Nassau through superstorm Sandy in 2012 and “countless other emergencies,” County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement.

Craft became the commissioner in September 2011, taking over for former Commissioner James Callahan III. Craft had been Callahan’s deputy commissioner since 2010 and previously served as a regional supervisor for the Town of Hempstead Parks Department and on the town’s emergency management team.

He was also a longtime member of the Wantagh Fire Department, previously serving as a chief and captain.

At the time of his death he was vice chairman of the Wantagh Fire Department’s Board of Fire Commissioners.

“He devoted his life’s work to saving lives and ensuring the safety of his fellow citizens through his leadership . . .,” Mangano said in a statement.

Mangano said he has ordered county flags to be lowered to…

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