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David Lewis, Smithtown's Greatest Person of 2012

The votes are in and you chose this local firefighter, business owner and philanthropist.

We asked in December for Smithtown Patch readers to vote on who was the greatest person in Smithtown for 2012. Voting has been closed and you chose Dave Lewis as the winner. 

Lewis brought in 38 percent of your votes, edging out local author Jeb Ladouceur who had 26 percent of your votes.

Lewis, among many other things, is a firefighter with the Smithtown Fire Department, an officer with the New York Police Department, Owner of Five Star Pools of Suffolk, and the Co-Director of Camp Adventure for the American Cancer Society.

"I've known Dave for a long time and he's a tremendous asset to the Smithtown Fire Department and the residents of Smithtown," said Smithtown Fire Department Chief John Hansen.  

Your comments on the original voting story applauded Lewis' efforts just as much as the chiefs. 

"He took me one Halloween to an event the camp was hosting for the kids. I was just so blown away by what a good hearted person he is," wrote Smithtown Patch reader Anthony R. "He turned 40 a year or 2 ago and he made his birthday party into something that once again was to help kids with cancer. He literally sold 'tickets' to his party and all the money went to children with cancer. That was Dave's gift. Your gift to him was buying a 'ticket' to his party to help sick kids ... He is such an unbelievable person. I can only aspire to be half the kind of guy he is. I feel lucky to know him personally."

jozee January 07, 2013 at 01:50 PM
my daughter went to karate w/him as well, my husband knows him from the f.d.
Truckie733 January 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Congratulations Dave!!! Stay safe out there brother xoxo
Bob dvorkin January 09, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Congrats, david. A well deserved recognition. You will do well in Ireland as I know how hard and well you have trained. Bob Dvorkin, 8th Dan, Eastern Tae Kwon Do Union
Nick J. Giannitsas January 15, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Congratulations!! I have the pleasure of working with David with the cub scouts Pack 340. He is truly deserving of this award and wish him the best of luck and good fortune in all his future work. Nick J. Giannitsas
ryan February 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I have to say dave is my gardiean angel when I was at my lowest I just got out of prison no money all I had was aplastic bag with some cloths and my bible I get on the train I show the conductor my release papers and he says no freebees no money you have to get off at next stop I said come on man its december 1st at 6am and I have shorts and a shirt on I said please man I'm not trying to get a free ride I just got out of prison and I have no money just please let me go to smithtown train station no no he says all of a sudden dave comes up and hands him a twenty and says this is for his ticket I couldent believe it so I thanked him and we parted ways about a year later last week actually I'm waiting at the bus stop to go to my mothers house a car stops and its dave he said do u need a ride man I said no I'm ok I got the bus dave said come on get it so I hoped in with dave so we start talking and were talking about how good I'm doing all I need is a good job I used to do pools and I want to stay with doing pools so I tell dave this and he stops and says u know I own a pool company right? I had no idea I remember dave as our security gard at smithtown high school so now I'm bout to work for him this season he really is my gardiean angel dave defintely deserve this award

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