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William J. "Billy" Steinberg

William J. “Billy” Steinberg

  • Assistant Chief
  • Forestburgh Fire Company #1
  • New York
  • Age: 37
  • Year of Death: 2022

William J. “Billy” Steinberg was born February 16, 1984. He attended and graduated from Monticello Central School District with perfect attendance in June 2001. While attending school, he was on the wrestling and golf teams. Billy was in the orchestra from fifth grade until graduation. He attended Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York.

He loved his family and his community. Forestburgh has a Veterans Memorial, which he took care of from the age of 14.

Billy always knew he would become a firefighter. He joined in February 2000 as a junior volunteer firefighter. He was fourth generation firefighter with 22 years of dedicated service. Billy was elected president of the company and then worked his way up through the line to assistant chief. On his birthday in February 2022, he was promoted to chief.

On January 15, 2022, after the fire company was called for mutual aid for a structure fire, Billy collapsed on the scene with a heart attack.

Billy was always concerned about the safety of the residents in his community, so for his Eagle Scout project he designed, made, and installed 539 reflective house numbers to ensure the safety of the residents in the fire district.

Billy earned his Eagle Scout Rank, Class of 2000.

Billy had a personality larger than life itself. He would always be there to lend a helping hand and never expected anything in return. He had a heart of gold. He would light up any room when he walked in. In his spare time, he loved taking rides on his motorcycle, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Billy leaves to cherish his memory, his family and many friends that miss him dearly. Life will never be the same without him.

People think of Billy as a hero, but his family and friends know that he is and always will be a legend.

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