The Chiefs, Board of Fire Commissioners, Officers and Members of the Wantagh Fire Department regret to announce the untimely passing of ex-Captain Stephen Minogue of Engine 692.
Steve was a 46-year member of the Wantagh Fire Department, following in the footsteps of his father, ex-Chief Michael Minogue by joining the department on December 30, 1974. He was given Badge 1119 and was assigned to Engine 2 out of Station 2. In 1978 he was elected Lieutenant and served for two years in that position before being elected Captain. He served as Captain for three years, from May 1980 through April 1983 and was appointed Captain again for two more years in 2008. In addition, he served as President of Company 2 for two terms, from 2000-2002 and again from 2013-2015.
In 1984 Steve became a member of the Department’s prestigious Training Committee, a position he held for nearly 40 years. He served as Chairman of the Committee for 14 years and was responsible for overseeing the formation and mentoring of new members as well ongoing training of current members of the department. His knowledge and experience were critical in maintaining the high standards of excellence and commitment that are part of the Wantagh Fire Department as various national, state and local policies and procedures changed.
Ex-Captain Minogue was awarded a Medal of Valor and a Unit Citation in 1989 for operating at the scene of an overturned propane tanker on fire in Seaford, with high risk of injury to himself and other personnel. In addition, he received two other Unit Citations for operating at various incidents as well as a Chief’s Award for his many years of service to the Training Committee and in 2016 Steve was presented with a Firematic Service Award by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
In addition to his commitment to the Wantagh Fire Department, Steve was an active parishioner at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Levittown where he coached CYO basketball for many years.
Steve worked for LILCO, Keyspan and National Grid for 42 years before retiring in June as a Manager of Gas Operations. He planned to spend more time at his second home upstate in Saratoga. He was a NY Giants season ticket holder and attended many games with family and friends.
Steve is survived by his wife Kristine, son Connor and daughter Courtney and siblings Michael, Corrine Yakush (William), Christopher (Karen), Timothy (Katherine), and Matthew (Susanne). He had 11 nieces and nephews and he was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Elaine.
Firematic services were held on August 26, 2021, at the Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Joseph Noh on August 27, 2021, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Levittown with burial immediately after at the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Old Westbury.
– Fire News photos by Harry Loud; story by Kevin Regan, PIO