West Michigan Firefighter Dies During Sandy Relief in New York

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OTSEGO, Mich. – A fire fighter with the City of Otsego, in Allegan County, has died while helping with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on the east coast. Captain Steve Stevenson passed away Sunday in New York.

According to Stevenson’s wife’s Facebook page, he was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. His wife went on to explain that Stevenson was at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset New York.

She wrote that Stevenson was going to be sedated for two or three days, that his heart and kidneys were functioning well, and that the surgeon expected to keep him in the hospital for at least two weeks, followed by three to four weeks of rehab.

But a little later, the Otsego Fire Department posted this statement:

“Otsego Fire lost a great Officer, Friend, Father and Mentor this evening. Captain Steve Stevenson passed away in New York while working relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. He was due to come home today. After 13 hours in surgery he succumbed to the toll that was placed on him. He leaves behind a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, father and siblings as well. Those that knew Cap’n Stevenson can attest that he was a brilliant Officer, a great Instructor, a genius of a Paramedic and the best friend anyone could ask for. He will be greatly missed.”

Visitation will be held on December 11, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and again at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Winkel Funeral Home in Allegan.

The funeral services will be held on December 12, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Otsego.

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  • Michelle Kooistra

    To the family of Captain Stevenson… I am deeply sorry for your loss; especially at Christmas time! May God Bless you & mend your hearts as you celebrate this great man’s life! Prayers for you all!!!
    Michelle (Allegan, MI)

    • anonymous

      We will always love you, we will be forever greatful for having had you in our lives. We will never forget you and all that you have given us. Steve….forever friend, mentor, coworker….and now our angel.

  • shannon

    My heart goes out to all the stevenson`s thoughts and.prayes are with u all i never met him but i havs heard nothing but great things about him

  • Dave Leach

    Years ago,when I took my fire officer classes,I met Steve.Quite a few classes were in Otsego’s station. Steve was not only kind,he was helpful,and was passionate to help others. My sympathy goes out to his family and extended family.

  • ROB

    I am a firefighter in Northern Michigan. I am sorry to hear that we lost a brother in the fire service. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family