Always On Duty - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1803466

Always On Duty

On behalf of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I write to say that words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for having Sean King as a neighbor in our community.

When a volunteer firefighter is called to action, at any moment, they claim that they are “just doing their job.”

Just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, Sean King of Sean’s Place, 76A Jobs Lane, Southampton, did much more than his “job.”

That morning at his deli, a customer came in and expressed concern for a suspicious glow in a retail establishment across the street. Sean went from deli owner to firefighter within seconds, saving not only Laviano but our precious, historic downtown Southampton Village business/arts district, including many old residential structures.

As we recollect the fire at the Emporium Hardware Store in 1994, and with Sag Harbor Cinema celebrating its grand opening after rebuilding from the historic fire of 2016, Sean saved us from similar scenarios.

Remembering his grand opening ribbon cutting on April 16, 2016, we appreciate his presence on Jobs Lane even more. If not for Sean’s immediate action, the potential loss to business and property owners cannot be overstated in the area of Jobs Lane and Windmill Lane.

Aside from his quick actions saving Southampton Village, he spared the volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service volunteers from risking their lives navigating to a major emergency in the heavy morning traffic.

It’s just great knowing that Sean and people like him are still here in Southampton Village. They really do make this a great place to live and work. There are still people that actually work each and every day in their business and would help a neighbor as quickly as they would family.

That’s what makes this place so special.

Karen Connolly

Executive Director

Southampton Chamber of Commerce