Beloved Garden City Fire Captain Steven Carss Dies

"Supreme Commander" devoted 29 years to Garden City Volunteer Fire Department.

Steven Carss, an ex-captain of the Garden City Volunteer Fire Department passed away on May 13.

Steve joined the fire department in 1983 and volunteered for 29 years, rising through the ranks to Captain. He also served as the fire department's secretary for more than a decade, a position he held at the time of his passing.

“We lost a member of our family, a long serving dedicated volunteer, who gave himself unselfishly to the village for nearly 30 years," said current Garden City Fire Chief Charles Cavarra. "He will be missed.”

In addition to being a former Captain and Department Secretary, Steve also was a driver operator of the engine, heavy rescue and ladder trucks.

Carss was a "much-loved son of Helen and Don, a beloved brother of Bob and Ellen, a devoted godfather of Brian, Matt and Sarah, and a proud member of the Garden City volunteer fire department," according to an obituary that was published on May 15 in Newsday

On a memorial page established in his honor, family and friends paid tribute to Carss.

"The courage and determination you showed in the face of adversity, the way you lived your life with such quiet dignity and a smile on your face regardless of the circumstances will stay with us always," wrote his brother, Bob, of North Carolina. He added,"Every day, things you taught me help me be a better person, a better father. You loved my children as if they were your own and did it in such a kind, gentle way."

John Adams wrote, "He was a kind, gentle, and giving person. He gave in his profession and he gave at the Fire Department. Garden City and the world will be a bit colder place because of his loss.I will miss his smile and wave whenever I saw him on his many, many walkabouts."

Kenny Luke, a fellow firefighter whose friendship with Carss began when they were students at Garden City High School wrote, "Steve always had an understated bravery, a smile on his face and a kind word for his friends and family."

"We called Steve the Supreme Commander around the firehouse," stated Len Riveria. "He was always on top of his game and gave so much to our organization. Steve was a great friend and brother firefighter; he will be missed."


Joe Moody May 31, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Steve was a major contributor to the Fire Department on a daily basis. He gave a tremendous amount of time and did a tremendous amount of work for our Fire Department. He was a great friend and a dedicated Firefighter. Even through his illness he would still show up to the Firehouse and do his work. I will miss his friendship.
david stevens June 01, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Steve was one of those guys who always got the job done. He never let his many illnesses get in the way of doing his job. He will be greatly missed.


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