Timothy was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. He lived in Keyport for eight years and then moved to Holmdel. He was a graduate of Holmdel High School and Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. He loved baseball. He started playing travel baseball at age eight and continued through high school. He loved Notre Dame football, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and the New Jersey Devils.
Timothy was employed as a dispatcher for Holmdel Township for many years and then began working for the New Jersey State Department of Transportation on the road crew. He loved serving his hometowns and his community.
At the age of four, he started going to the firehouse with his dad. This is where his love of firefighting began. He became a cadet and, as soon as he was 18, he enrolled in the Monmouth County Fire Academy. After graduating from the academy, he became a member of Keyport Fire Patrol. He worked his way through the ranks as first lieutenant, captain, and then chief of the department. He was honored to follow his dad, who was chief in 2015. Timothy was also an active member of Holmdel Fire and Rescue #2 in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Timothy loved to learn all he could about firefighting. He was always continuing his education at the fire academy and had moved into the role of trainer for his department. His ability to network with other firefighters and township departments was his biggest strength. He was always offering advice, a calming voice, and his expertise to his fellow firefighters. He took command of each fire scene with confidence and good sense. His catch phrase to his men was, “Let’s Go Get It!” He is truly missed by Keyport and Holmdel Fire Departments.
Timothy leaves to honor his memory his parents, Chuck and Melanie; his sister, Angela; and his grandmother, Joan. Life without him will never be the same, but we know he died doing what he loved, serving his community proudly as chief. We are grateful and blessed for all the support from our firefighter brothers and sisters who continue to keep his legacy alive. A very special thank you to Keyport Fire Department and Holmdel Fire and Rescue 2 for honoring our boy and supporting our family.
Rest Easy, Chief Pfleger. 2266 forever.