Stephen A. Feron
- Hauppauge Volunteer Fire Department
- New York
- Age: 49
- Year of Death: 2022
Stephen Augustine Feron was born in Smithtown, New York, to the late Maud and Stephen B. Feron III on September 14, 1972. He grew up in Hauppauge, New York, with his sisters, Sheila and Maureen. He was a Boy Scout and an altar boy at his church, starting his lifelong community service journey. He joined the Hauppauge Fire Department in 1989 and graduated from Hauppauge High School in 1990. He then attended the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, Bronx, New York.
While obtaining his Bachelor of Science in International Transportation Management, he served as president of the fraternity Phi Rho Pi. During summer sea sessions on USTS Empire State VI, he became a member of the Order of the Blue Nose for sailing above the Arctic Circle and a member of the Order of the Rock for traversing the Strait of Gibraltar. Stephen returned to S.U.N.Y Maritime to complete his Master of Science degree in International Logistics and Transportation. His education led to a successful career in the maritime industry that involved vessel planning, marine operations, and marine insurance. Most importantly, during his time he made lifelong friendships and great memories.
Stephen was a volunteer firefighter at the Hauppauge Fire Department for 33 years. During his time there, he rose to captain of truck company, was the technical rescue team leader, Firefighter of the Year in 2007, and he became the first second-generation chief of department in the history of the department. He was instrumental in developing the Technical Rescue Unit and joining the Islip Town Technical Rescue Group. This led Stephen to join the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Team, where he participated as a team leader in many of the exercises and was activated for Super Storm Sandy.
Stephen was operating at a USAR water rescue drill at Smith Point Park, New York, when he suffered a medical emergency. Lifesaving measures were administered, and he was transported to the hospital, where he passed away shortly thereafter.
In 2000, Stephen married his childhood friend, Kelly, with whom he has two children, Anna and Stephen. As a family, they enjoyed vacations and competitive board game nights. He was always there to cheer his children on at their sporting and theater events. Along with his family, sisters Sheila and Maureen, he is also missed by his mother-in-law, Maureen; brothers and sister-in-law, Rob, Michael, and Felicia; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Work, church, home and family, you could always count on Stephen for a kind smile, helping hand, quick wit, and a good laugh.