Valon Shoshi said he feels badly that he resigned his post as an assistant chief in the , but he felt it was best for the community if he step aside.
Shoshi recently became engaged, and while he is celebrating, he is also busier than usual, working hard to start the next chapter in his life with fiancee, Paulina Nushi, who is finishing school in Shoshi's native Kosova.
"I didn't want to keep the name just for the name,"" Shoshi said of the assistant chief title. "It's not fair to the community and I'm not that person," he said.
Shoshi, who works at and took on two jobs this summer, has been volunteering in the emergency medical system in the East Hampton area since 2005. He started with the and moved to East Hampton in 2009. He became an Advanced Life Support provider three and a half years ago and even became a county instructor.
Since joining East Hampton's ambulance association — which is separate from the — he has responded to well over 1,000 calls, he said. "Closer to 2,000 if you combine the two," he said.
East Hampton's jurisdiction is among the busiest on the South Fork; they get around 1,300 calls for service per year.
Shoshi said he felt badly that Chief Mary Ellen McGuire wasn't getting the help she deserved from an assistant chief.
But, McGuire said she is going to miss Shoshi. "He's like a shot of fresh air. He's enthusiastic, he's intelligent, he's so upfront and he'll help in anyway," she said, adding the 26-year-old "seems so much older than his years."
"I'm absoluely thrilled for him. Selfishly, I'm sad for us," she said.
Mary Mott, a former ambulance chief, has been appointed to fill Shoshi's vacancy until the November election. McGuire served as an assistance chief for town years under Mott.
"I can't think of anyone better than her," Shoshi said. Mott was his EMT instructor and the two taught together for a time.