Andy was a true family man. He was the most caring husband to Eileen for almost 36 years and devoted father to his children, Jimmy (Madison), Christopher (Adriana), Michael, and Andrew, who predeceased him in 2017. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. They meant the world to him.
Andy would lend a hand to everyone around him. No matter the situation, he was only happy to help with a smile. He learned how to work with his hands at an early age through his roofing and siding business. He was skilled in many ways and had a tremendous work ethic. He used his extensive knowledge to help others. Whether it was fixing a car, solving a computer problem, helping neighbors, building a deck, helping with construction, or moving family, he was always there to lend a hand. He gave 100% to whatever situation he was facing. He was a jack of all trades.
Andy joined the New Rochelle Fire Department in April 1989 and spent 31 years mastering his skills as a firefighter. He was always studying, learning, and achieving so that he could perform his job to the best of his ability. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2005 and rose to the rank of captain in 2012. His first assignment was to the training division as the training officer for the department.
As a training officer, his knowledge was invaluable. He found his calling and was a natural teacher. He was well known and admired throughout the county and state for his knowledge, skills, and teaching ability. He was certified as both a county and state fire instructor and held numerous instructor authorizations for a wide variety of topics. He trained hundreds of new recruits from all over the county at the Westchester County Career Chiefs Fire Academy. His most recent assignment was as the captain of Fire Station #1 in New Rochelle.
Andy truly made the world a better place. He had a heart of gold and a gift for helping others. He will be remembered by his warm smile and strong handshake. Andy left a huge hole in the hearts of his family, friends, and brothers.