Three Northport Men Die While Removing Snow

Officials: Overexertion may have led to weekend deaths.

Three Northport men died while removing snow during the blizzard this past weekend, according to sources.

On Friday night James Scheinzbach, 76, was discovered lying on the sidewalk in front of his Main Street home covered in snow with a snow shovel next to his body. Witnesses called 911. When Northport Police and Rescue arrived they determined that Scheinzbach was dead.

On Saturday morning Alan Lam, 51, had a heart attack outside of his Waterside Ave. home. Police performed CPR and applied an AED upon arrival and Northport Rescue him to Huntington Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Later that afternoon, Ludwig Farr, 82, had a heart attack outside of his home on Ocean Avenue around 2 p.m. He was taken to Huntington Hospital by Northport Rescue where he was pronounced dead.

Northport remains under a state of emergency as of Friday at 5:45 p.m. Northport Police urged residents to move cars off streets and stay off the roads to allow for plows and emergency vehicles.

The Huntington Hospital emergency room saw multiple snow-related injuries and incidents this past weekend, including snow blower hand injuries and chest pains associated with snow shoveling activity. 

Patch will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

BlackRock February 12, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Absolutely, god speed to those who lost their lives. And rather than making this a political issue of blame, let's hear some cheers and thanks to the Northport & Suffolk Police, the Northport Fire Department, the Huntington Town & Northport Village Highway Departments, all who responded to the Waterside Avenue emergency and did their valiant best to revive Mr. Lam under the most difficult of circmstances.
Carla February 12, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Good for you Josh! More people should follow your example but sadly enough they would rather call to complain about their nieghbors then even think about helping out. That is a by-gone era you have revived and re-lived ! Cheers.
Dan L. February 13, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Enough! Get a grip on yourself. We get it from all your comments. You don't like Cuomo, you don't like Obama, you don't like the Northport government, you don't like the quality of work public employees do, you don't like this, you don't like that. I guess you know who and what deserves every possible smirk or sneer you can dish out. Your opinion, your chance to entertain everyone here on Patch. Your call, your freedom, your obsession. However, when you start exploiting people's deaths to toss off another slap, you've gone so far that you reveal how unbalanced your perspective is--it just suggests how much that you write is just ranting that ignores the human element of things. I don't know what passions you feel but you would be better named Cold Steve. I think you owe the survivors of the deceased apologies.
karen from East Northport February 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
You're the good guy Josh. I wondered myself , why didn't the neighbors help shovel these 2 older gentlemans driveways? Let it be a lesson to others, check on your senior citizen neighbors. What goes around comes around is so true. Just so sad.
Arleen Wartley February 17, 2013 at 01:51 PM
How fortunate I am to be blessed with the most wonderful neighbors!!! So woke up to find our walk and driveway cleared by 3 different neighbors!! Thank you is never enough!! When I went out to clean my car I was sent back into my house and father and son cleaned it, defrosted it and moved it into the sun!!


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