Steve Mercado

New York, New York


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Keeping a Hand in Baseball
While growing up in the Bronx, Steve Mercado wanted to play for the Yankees. And even though he ended up becoming a firefighter, he did not exactly leave his boyhood dream behind. He played softball with other firefighters. He presided over a stickball league. And he was helping to create a baseball and stickball league for children under 9. "He had his fingers in everything," said his mother, Mary Mercado. "Every time someone calls, I say, 'I didn't know that.' "

But Mr. Mercado, 38, who remained in the Bronx with his wife and two sons, also loved being a firefighter, his mother said. He is now one of 11 firefighters missing from Engine 40, Ladder 35 in Manhattan. His parents, who live in Florida, visited the firehouse recently and were greeted with hugs and kisses from firefighters and strangers alike. "They cry with us," Mrs. Mercado said of the strangers dropping off flowers, food and money at the firehouse. "New York City has been great. They feel the pain." But none more than her son's Fire Department brothers, she said.

"The firemen are the ones that are hurting," Mrs. Mercado said. "They say they have to have hope."

That is why she still spoke of the oldest of her three sons in the present tense. "I'm very proud of him," she said. "He's a great son."

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Always RIP Steve

REST IN PEACE, MY HERO, MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER AND MY COUSIN ..STEVE you will always remain in my HEART till the end of day's... My thoughts and prayer's are with u and my FAMILY... Your loving cousin John...

I will always remember and honor you. Thank you hero for making the ultimate sacrifice. God bless you.

I think of Steve every year. My heart goes out to his family. Today and for the past 8 years, I know the pain each day of losing a son great as Steve always has been. Today he and my son are hanging in peaceful. I always remember that last hug September 2, 2001. He looked like an angel that day at the stick ball tournament. Steve is my age, born in 1963. My heart has compassion and feels his family's loss.

Hugs to the Mercado family!!!!
Gidgette Nieves

I am providing service in memory and honor of Steve for 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. #Fairbankswillneverforget

In Memory
With Honor & Respect.

We think of you often Steve. WE have NEVER forgotten!! What you and your FDNY brothers is an ultimate demonstration of the job you loved! You didn't think twice of going in to help others. God Bless you, Love the Nieto family

I will be Climbing in the Oklahoma City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Sept.6.2014 for Steve Mercado Firefighter, Fire Department New York
Engine 40 I will carry his tag with his name 110 floors and place it on a wall to honor him and the 343 firefighters that gave it all. I was 16 when 9/11 happened . It changed the world and my life . . This is my way of saying thank you to all the men and women that lost there lives that day. I will never forget.

To the family of Steve Mercado: I could not let this day pass without acknowledging the sacrifice made by the Men and Women of the New York City Fire Department. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.