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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Captain
Age: 45
Year of Death: 2023

Augusto “Augie” Acabou

Augusto Domingos “Augie” Acabou, 45, perished in the line of duty while fighting a fire on July 5, 2023. Augie was a lifelong resident of Newark, born and raised in the Ironbound section. He graduated from East Side High School in 1996. Augie found employment with HMH JFK Hospital in 1997, first in the linen department and later transitioning into a security officer position, which he held to date. In 2013, Augie graduated with Class 43 as a Newark firefighter, settling into a position with Engine 16.

Augie found great joy entertaining everyone around him by singing and playing guitar, playing practical jokes, doing impressions, and basically doing anything that would garnish a laugh and a smile. He was quite athletic, playing high school football with a brief career in boxing. Augie could also be found on the softball field with his hospital’s softball team and with the county league.

He was a simple man raised by a modest Portuguese family with good values. His character, however, was far more complex. Augie has been described as a selfless individual whose voice and smile instantly brought joy to all those around him. Those who knew him would often say he was the real-life Superman, even going as far as tying a cape around his neck while jumping off the balcony as a child, only to find himself flying into everyone’s hearts. And that he did. Augie’s humility was evident in his interactions with others. He never sought recognition or praise for his kindness and generosity. His quiet strength and genuine care for others touched the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. He inspired you to be a better person.

The bond between Augie and his brothers, Miguel and Joao Acabou, was a source of strength and adoration. They stood by each other through thick and thin, sharing precious moments, laughter, and cherished memories. Augie valued his brothers deeply and treasured the unique connection they had. During their time together, the three brothers created a tapestry of shared experiences, childhood adventures, and grown-up dreams. Their bond was forged not only by blood but by a genuine affection that transcended words.

He was the devoted and loving son of Manuel and Maria (Da Cunha) Acabou; beloved brother of Joao Acabou and his wife, Marlie, and Miguel Acabou; cherished uncle of James Acabou; loving grandson of Augusto Da Cunha. He is also survived by his life partner, Cynthia Gulics, and her daughter, Gillian; uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and fellow firefighter brothers.

Augie’s loss leaves a void that can never be filled.

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