Steve was a unique and exceptional man with an intense zest for life. He approached everything with gusto, whether it was firefighting, golfing, building a house, helping a friend, or vacationing. He always went full throttle.
Steve was a man who conducted himself with honor and a great sense of duty. Steve’s first uniform was that of the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Vietnam. He was proud to be an airman and to serve his country. His next uniform was that of the FDNY, where he started his career as a young man in Engine 271, Bushwick Brooklyn. Years later he took his uncommon and exceptional organizational and people skills to FDNY Headquarters as the executive assistant to the chief of department. Steve effortlessly knew who to talk to and where to go to get things done. He was proud to be a member of the FDNY. He often said that he was very fortunate to be able to go to work every day with a smile on his face.
Steve readily gave his friendship to others and treated everyone in a special way. He was always there for you, a source of strength. He never hesitated to help anyone who needed him. They say `we make a living by what we get and make a life by what we give’. Steve had a life well-lived.
While Steve did so much for others nothing meant more to him his family. He was a Father of 4 who loved his children dearly. They meant the world to him, as he did to them. His love for his family was unconditional. He instilled in them the importance of helping others and serving your community.
Knowing Steve enriched your life and made things better. He touched so many hearts and meant so much to so many people. That is his legacy.