Steven Coakley‚ a Deer Park native for 36 years‚ started his fire career with Wyandanch Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Jack Miller was his mentor. Following this‚ he was appointed to FDNY Engine #217. He was planning to retire in 2005. Steve’s Dad was an honorary member of Wyandanch Fire Department. Steve followed his grandfather (Michael Teodorowicz) who served 31 years with N.Y.C.
His love was his waterfront home at Madeira Beach‚ Florida where he enjoyed days on his 25-foot Betrum Boat. He participated in every sport — wrestling‚ boating‚ fishing‚ skiing and all available contests. He always won and he was always happy.