Stephen M. Johnson was born in 1956 in Queens, NYC, the eldest of five children to Alice and William Johnson. Stephen attended Brooklyn Technical High School, where he passionately played football. He attended Missouri Valley College for a year on a football scholarship and returned to NYC to attend St. John’s University, where he graduated from the School of Pharmacy.
But pharmacy was not his dream. In 1981 he joined the FDNY, following in the footsteps of his father, William, who served the department for 28 years. He was first assigned to Ladder 25 in Manhattan. Stephen was also assigned to Engine 277 and Ladder 108 in Brooklyn for several years and returned to Ladder 25 for the remainder of his career.
During his tenure, Stephen was awarded several medals for unusual personal risk and meritorious acts. He was inducted into The FD Honor Legion and received citations from the City of New York and the West Side Chamber of Commerce.
Stephen and Rose were married in 1989. The couple kept busy doting over their nieces and nephews, with whom they spent much time. In between birthdays and holidays with family, the couple enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. Stephen loved to play his guitar, scuba dive, and ride his bike.
He spent his time with family and friends, always entertaining them with his quick wit and big smile.
He is dearly missed and remains in the hearts of his wife, parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and friends.