Sean was born on March 7‚ 1961‚ in Pennsylvania. He came from a family filled with generations of firefighters. As a child‚ Sean lived in Charleroi‚ where he grew as a loving person and a great firefighter. He played football throughout his school years‚ which led him to achieving a scholarship to Indiana State University in Terre Haute‚ Indiana. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in automotive engineering. Sean worked for Lee Supply and later became a regional sales manager for Simonds International.
He married the love of his life‚ Linda‚ on August 3‚ 1985. He and Linda decided to reside in the small town of Stockdale‚ Pennsylvania‚ where Sean became a member of the local fire company in the early 1990s. With a passion for firefighting‚ Sean attended the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy‚ where he was educated on instructing others to do what he loved doing.
After attending the academy‚ Sean chose to become a member of the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Company‚ where he was a member for an additional 17 years. Throughout those years‚ Sean was appointed chief‚ assistant chief‚ captain‚ and lieutenant. Sean and Linda’s pride and joy was born on March 14‚ 1991‚ and named Sean-Robert. To this day‚ he follows in his father’s footsteps as a seven-year member of the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Company. Along with instructing others‚ Sean taught his son everything he could‚ both in life and in firefighting.
Being such a wonderful‚ loving‚ and caring person‚ Sean became an EMT. He also instructed EMT classes. He always wanted to be a teacher; however‚ as far as his family‚ friends‚ and those who he has taught are concerned‚ he has been a teacher his whole life.
The annual flea market in the community was just starting‚ as well as the preparation for a wedding for one of Sean’s close friends on August 9‚ 2008. Sean left that morning around 8:00 to instruct a structural burn class in Smithton‚ Pennsylvania. After going in and out of the burn building‚ Sean felt tired and got his vital signs checked. He went to his car for a break‚ then collapsed and died.
To his family‚ friends‚ and brother firefighters‚ Sean will be missed. He won’t only be remembered as a mentor‚ friend‚ or role model‚ but as a hero.