Lt. Steven N. Costello of St. Albans‚ Vermont‚ suffered a major heart attack while on duty on Friday‚ July 23‚ 2010. The Lord called him home on Friday‚ July 30‚ after a long week in the intensive care unit. He was 46 years old. He was a 23-year veteran of the Burlington Fire Department. He was two years from retirement.
Steve moved to Vermont with his family when he was 12 years old. After graduating from Colchester High School‚ he worked various jobs as well as working as a volunteer firefighter at the Colchester Center Fire Department.
Steve joined Burlington Fire Department on November 23‚ 1987. Steve or ‘Vinny‚’ as he was known around the firehouse‚ was a born leader. He took charge without hesitation when he needed to. He loved to train others and had a passion for it. Steve always took pride in all that he did around the station and never asked his men to do something that he himself wouldn’t do. He was well respected and liked by all his colleagues.
Steve loved to run. He ran up to seven miles every day at home and at the station. He also enjoyed biking. Another thing he enjoyed was a good nap in the afternoon. He always said a well rested firefighter was a ready firefighter. He was also known as the prankster around the firehouse. He liked to liven things up a bit.
Steve married his wife‚ Hilda‚ on March 12‚ 1993. They had a wonderful life together that will always be cherished. Steve left behind a loving daughter at the age of fourteen and a very busy little boy at the age of six. Steve loved his family and enjoyed every minute with them. He was definitely a family man. Vacationing with his family was very important to him‚ whether it was a trip to the Jersey Shore or a cruise to the Bahamas.
Steve was a wonderful and caring man. He was a hard worker and a devoted husband‚ father‚ and a well respected lieutenant. He will truly be missed and will remain forever in our hearts.