Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, Richard was a lifelong resident of Edison, New Jersey. He attended the Edison Public School System, graduating from John P. Stevens High School in 1982. Upon graduation, he began working for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 825.
He was known for his two great passions in life—his family and his brothers and sisters in the fire service. Richard dedicated 38 years of his life to the fire service in the Township of Edison. At eighteen years old, he became a volunteer firefighter with the Edison Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1-Menlo Park, and rose through the ranks to serve as chief. In 1992, he became a firefighter with the Edison Division of Fire and was serving as a captain at the time of his death. He was a member of the Edison Fire Officers, IAFF, Local 2883. He was also part of New Jersey Task Force 1 and had certifications in arson investigation and as a fire marshal.
Richard received numerous lifesaving awards and unit citations recognizing his display of courage, skill, and initiative.
Richard never hesitated to rush into danger to help someone in need. He was a family man who mentored others in the fire department. He was a valued and respected member of the community, and his dedication and commitment to serving the public was a guiding light for so many. Richard loved spending time with his family, whether it be on vacation in LBI, going fishing, or watching his New York Giants and Mets. His family will never forget all his volunteer hours spent working the St. Matthew’s Carnival, serving as a cub scout leader for many years, and as a coach with Edison Boys Baseball.
He was his kids’ #1 fan, always supporting them by attending his sons’ sports events and his daughter’s dance recitals. His kids were his entire world, and he was extremely proud of each one of them.