|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1960|
|Death: ||Dec. 2, 2012|
New York, USA
Passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Nassau County, NY, where he was assisting in recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Steve was born September 8, 1960 in Plainwell to Thomas Neal and Paula Louise (Griffith) Stevenson, Sr. He was a 1978 graduate of Otsego High School, where he was on the swim team and in the band, and then earned his Bachelor's Degree from Davenport University in 1985. Once he received his Paramedic certification, he worked for Mall City Ambulance in Kalamazoo, Community EMS in Farmington MI, returning to Plainwell with Plainwell Ambulance Corp. in 1986. Later that year, he began working for AMR- American Medical Response in Plainwell. He was currently employed as operations supervisor with AMR, transferring to Grand Rapids with AMR when the company moved in 2003. Steve began his career as an Otsego Firefighter in 1988 serving as Captain since 2000. While on the Otsego Fire Department serving as an instructor for the Allegan County Fire Academy, Steve watched many young men and women grow into great firefighters and touched the lives of many citizens. A man of many accomplishments, Steve was instrumental in designing the current Ladder Truck and Fire Engine. He also is credited with beginning the medical response program in Otsego. He was involved with Allegan County Emergency Management as a Local Emergency Planning Specialist and worked ski patrol at Bittersweet Ski Area. As a young man, he was involved in theater and musicals, a passion he has passed on to his daughter. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and hunting. He especially enjoyed being a dad and spending time with his daughter. On a ranch north of Las Vegas, he married Karen Lynn Carnell-Stevenson, who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Chelsea; four brothers, Thomas Jr. (Carol) Stevenson of CO, Terry Stevenson of Plainwell, Scott (Linda) Stevenson and Kris (Maggie) Stevenson, both of Otsego; aunts and an uncle; several special nieces and nephews. Steve's family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 P.M. Wednesday at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Otsego, celebrant Timothy Secord officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Steve may be made to the Otsego Fire Department.
From WOOD-TV 8, Grand Rapids Michigan
A Michigan paramedic died Sunday in New York while helping Hurricane Sandy victims.
Capt. Steve Stevenson, an AMR Operations Supervisor in Grand Rapids, died of complications from an aortic aneurysm.
Funeral services for Stevenson have not been set as yet.
"Steve made an indelible mark on the lives of the many colleagues he inspired and the friends and family he dearly loved," AMR President Mark Bruning said in a prepared statement. "He was dedicated to serving the people of Grand Rapids and his passion and commitment will be missed."
Stevenson worked for AMR for more than 26 years.
Dale Feldhauser, General Manager of the AMR Grand Rapids operation, remembered: "Steve Stevenson loved helping people. He was not only an outstanding paramedic and supervisor, he was also a great human being. He was a giving and caring person and he made big impact on everyone in our operation and the people we serve."
Stevenson also was a captain with the Otsego Fire Department.
In a statement on the department's Facebook page, fire officials said of their 24-year veteran: "Otsego Fire lost a great Officer, Friend, Father and Mentor this evening. Captain Steve Stevenson passed away in New York while working relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. He was due to come home today. After 13 hours in surgery he succumbed to the toll that was placed on him. He leaves behind a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, father and siblings as well. Those that knew Cap'n Stevenson can attest that he was a brilliant Officer, a great Instructor, a genius of a Paramedic and the best friend anyone could ask for. He will be greatly missed."
Created by: Karen Carnell
Record added: Dec 09, 2012
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