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Firefighter
Age: 47
Year of Death: 2014

Steven J. Knaus

Steven J. Knaus was born to Louis and Beth Knaus in Euclid, Ohio, on August 9, 1966. The youngest of three children, he was raised in Euclid with his siblings, Ron and Karen. He graduated from Euclid High School in 1984. He received his associate degree in fire science from Lakeland Community and attended the Cleveland Fire Academy. Steve was a 23-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department, Ladder #31, as well as part-time firefighter for the City of Willowick for the past 20 years.

Steve loved hockey. He began playing at a very young age and continued to play throughout his years in high school. From there, he remained an avid fan of the sport and loved to catch the games on TV.

Steve and his wife, Louann, would have been married for eleven years this October. Steve and Louann lived in Cleveland with their two bulldogs, Chloe and Meaty. Steve was very active in the neighborhood and could always be counted on to volunteer at any of the functions going on at our beach club. He loved tending to his lawn and gardening. Most of all, Steve loved being a firefighter for both Cleveland and Willowick and considered both part of his family.

Steve passed away on February 28, 2014. He is loved and missed by so many.

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