It is with profound sadness that the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department announced that ex-Captain and past Commissioner Michael Carucci, answered his last alarm on September 26, 2023. He was 96.

Ex-Captain Carucci joined the department on January 19, 1966. He was dedicated to a life of service having also served for two years in the U.S. Army during WW II.  Proudly wearing badge number 196, he rose through the ranks in Ladder Company 4 becoming Captain in 1976-1977.

In 1989 ex-Captain Carucci became a commissioner and served on the Board of Fire Commissioners until 2003. During that time, he was instrumental in projects that were completed to help improve the department and aid the community. Carucci continued to help assist the department by serving on multiple committees sharing his knowledge, experience, and dedication with the younger members.

Growing up in the Bronx, Mike was a diehard Yankees fan. His favorite pastime was spending time with his dog Duke at his feet watching Yankee games together.

Mike was the loving husband to Gaetana (Tina), cherished father of Linda Malone (Danny), Peter Carucci, Debora Bromm (Doug), Tinamarie Frohnhoefer (John), and Ralph Carucci (Patty).

The legacy of Mike’s love extends to his 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. His role as a father and grandfather was one that he embraced with unwavering dedication and unconditional love. His affectionate spirit will live on through them as they carry forward the values he instilled in each generation.                               

– Fire News photos courtesy of Bob Kutch