Nicholas E. Stepaniak

Nicholas E. Stepaniak

AGE: 31 • Spotsylvania Cty., VA

Nicholas E. Stepaniak, 31, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013, at his home in Spotsylvania County, Virginia following a courageous battle with cancer. Nick grew up in Boonton Township, New Jersey and attended Mountain Lakes High School. As a young adult he found his passion for public service while volunteering as a junior fireman at the Boonton Township Fire Department and then as an EMT at the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad. Nick moved to Fredericksburg, VA, with his wife Brandy where he began his career at the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. He pursued his passion to serve by becoming the Assistant Manager for the Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Communications / 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. In 2010, Nick was recognized for his dedication and received national honors for his work by receiving the National Training Coordinator's Award through the Association of Public-Safety Communications International, Inc. Nick was a devoted and caring husband, son, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife Brandy, dog Jersey, parents Walter and Lubow, and sisters Vera and Christine.

Funeral and memorial services were held today in Virginia, church services will be arranged in New Jersey upon the family's return. A foundation has been created in Nick's name to continue his legacy and donate money to charities and causes that were dear to his heart. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Nick E. Stepaniak Memorial Foundation, c/o Larysa Rosemann, Esq., 6931 Arlington Rd. Ste. 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Published in Daily Record on Feb. 7, 2013