Stephen Belson graduated from Lehman College‚ Bronx‚ NY. in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He became a ‘career’ lifeguard in Rockaway ‚ NY where he lived for 30 years.
He joined the NYC Fire Department in 1973 along with many of his lifeguard friends and immediately he had found his calling. He established lifelong friendships in Rockaway and the Fire Department. Most of his 23 years in the Fire Department were at Engine 1‚ Ladder 24 on 31st Street and 7th Avenue. His love and dedication to that firehouse gave him the label ‘Mr. Ladder 24.’ One of his dearest friends was Father Mychal Judge and he was made an honorary Irishman by the Consulate General of Ireland. He was not married.