Funeral Set for Inwood Firefighter Killed Battling Blaze

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 43-year-old former chief of the Inwood Fire Department who died of injuries suffered while helping fight a house fire in Woodmere recently will be laid to rest this week.Thousands of mourners are expected to pay their respects to Joseph Sanford, Jr., who died on Dec. 23 after he was wounded battling a blaze on Dec. 19.Wake services for the fallen firefighter are scheduled for 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, which is located at 68 Wanser Ave. in Inwood.During the second session, members of the Inwood Fire Department will march in procession down Wanser Avenue to the Church from their firehouse a few blocks to the west at 6:45 p.m.The procession will be followed by firematic memorial services and fellow volunteer firefighters from across Long Island and the region giving a final salute.His funeral will be held at the same church at 9 a.m. Wednesday.In recognition of the firefighter, who was also a Nassau County employee, County Executive Ed Mangano ordered flags at half-staff until Jan. 30.last_img read more

Southampton’s Van Dijk submits transfer request

first_img“I want to play European football again and challenge for major honours and as such I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist.”Van Dijk, 26, has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.Liverpool publicly dropped their interest in signing him earlier in the close season after Southampton threatened to report them to the Premier League for an illegal approach.Van Dijk revealed he had been fined two weeks’ wages by Southampton and said he would be appealing against the punishment, which he described as “unjustified”.He said he felt “frustrated” and “disappointed” that “enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed”.He also rejected accusations he had refused to train and said he had been told by new manager Mauricio Pellegrino to train away from the first team due to his unsettled mindset.“As a proud professional I am insulted by the suggestion that it was me who refused to train and so feel it is important to point out the true version of events,” he said.Van Dijk, capped 12 times by the Netherlands, said the saga had “seriously affected” his relationships with people at the club and Southampton’s fans.“I would like to make clear that I have nothing but gratitude to everyone at Southampton for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League,” he added.“However, the time for me to move on is now and I hope to be able to work with the club to find the best resolution to suit all parties.”Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic in a £13 million ($16.9 million, 14.4 million euros) move in September 2015 and has since emerged as one of the most imposing centre-backs in the Premier League.He signed a new six-year contract in May 2016.He missed the last five months of last season, including Southampton’s 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final, due to an ankle injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Virgil Van Dijk has been left out of the Southampton training squad to France. PHOTO/FILE.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7- Southampton’s in-demand defender Virgil van Dijk has submitted a transfer request, the Netherlands international announced on Monday.“I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer,” Van Dijk said in a statement released to the media.last_img read more