Written by Harry Loud Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
Steven C. Mosiello, 58, a FDNY members and a resident of Massapequa was laid to rest Tuesday, July 19. He was the aide to Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci Jr., who was killed on that fateful morning of September 11, 2001 when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.
Mosiello’s assignment just put him out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, the chemicals and particles that the smoke carried led to his death. He died of esophageal cancer at the Hospice Inn of Melville on Friday, July 15.
He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Levittown where he attended Memorial High School and played lacrosse. Shortly after his graduation from high school he entered the Air Force, where he was stationed in Vietnam.
Upon his release from the service he stayed within the community and coached PAL basketball for some 11 years, as well as opening “The Abbey,” a successful tavern on Gardiners Avenue in Levittown.
He was appointed to the fire department in 1979 and was promoted to Fire Marshall in 1994. He became an aide to Chief Ganci and upon Ganci’s death carried on in that position for Chief Daniel Nigro who replaced Chief Ganci. Besides his family, Mosiello loved the fire department. His life revolved around “the job” and his friendship with his brother firefighters proved that. He was well liked by all who associated with him and that is his legacy.
Mosiello was waked at the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home in Farmingdale on Sunday and Monday with a Mass of Christian Burial held at St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church with full fire department honors.
He passed beneath an “Arch of Honor” provided by ladder trucks of the Farmingdale and East Farmingdale Fire Departments before internment at the Long Island National Cemetery in East Farmingdale.
His survivors include his wife of 23 years, Ginger; sons Steven and Ryan; daughters Nicole and Alexandra; brothers Michael and John; and one granddaughter.