In the early-morning hours today January 2nd 2009 57-year-old Elizabeth (N.J.) Firefighter Gary Stephens was killed in the line of duty while backing up an apparatus which was laying a supply line at a working structure fire. Capt. Gary Stephens suffered severe trauma when the apparatus he was backing ran over him this morning around 2 AM. We do not have sufficient information at this time to report on what exactly occurred to cause Capt. Stephens to fall beneath the rig. However we felt compelled to report on his passing and express our deepest sympathies to his family friends and all the members of the Elizabeth New Jersey fire Department. Please remember Capt. Stephens in your prayers.
A full honors fire service memorial service for Elizabeth (NJ) FF Gary Stephens will be held at 1100 hours on Monday, January 5, 2009 at St. John's Episcopal Church on Broad Street in Elizabeth. Here is their link:
Firefighter and related emergency services personnel lineup will be at 1000 hours. This is a personnel only memorial, no apparatus from visiting FD's will be included. Public transportation for those attending is strongly recommended. This will be the only public funeral/memorial event for FF Stephens.
The family of FF Stephens will be holding private burial services separately.