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Down from the chimney...

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 am

Old St. Nick arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside last Friday and was helped down from the roof by members of Ladder Co. 167 and Engine Co. 320 from Auburndale.

Chants of “We want Santa” from the children were met with a cheery “Ho Ho Ho” from the old elf, alias Vinnie Sottile.

About 50 firefighters, Santa and his elves spent the rest of the afternoon dropping off holiday gifts as they have for more than 25 years.

“Seeing the joy and smiles on the faces of the children as they spend time with Santa is a big part of why we come back to St. Mary’s,” said Firefighter Joe Barongi.

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