Gilroy Fire Fighters
Gilroy Fire Fighters
Gilroy Fire Fighters
Gilroy Fire Fighters

Gilroy Fire Fighters Association

IAFF Local 2805

PO Box 875

Gilroy, CA 95021

Phone:  408.499.5696

Fax:  408.852.1823

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2011 Fire Fighter of the Year

Steven Hayes


Steven Hayes II is a 5 year member of the Gilroy Fire Department. He began his career as a Paid Call Firefighter with the City of Hollister. His Captain, Shaun Peyghambary wrote following in regards to Steven’s nomination.


Steven is one of our new Field Training Officers whose role is to mentor new firefighters with their Paramedic skills during their initial stages of employment. His enthusiasm as a paramedic and firefighter creates a quality teaching environment that is demonstrated to new employees as an example of quality medicine, pride in your job and superior customer service in the community.


Firefighter Hayes continues to further  his education and experience. He most recently attended the Fire House World Conference in San Diego, upon his return he was eager  to share the abundance of information her received at the symposium from the various courses he took in respect to firefighter safety and survival.  Steven has a passion for the job that is contagious. His enthusiasm for his profession is elevated amongst his peers and and heightens the benefit of any activity to his fellow employees. Additionally, he is working on his BA degree at National University and plans on his Master’s degree following.


In my opinion, the most impressive quality is his character which is consistent both on and off duty. Steven has partnered with Gilroy Police Officer Mark Tarasco with the “Extreme Youth Event” for the past few years. Steven and Mark deeply care for Gilroy’s youth and put on this amazing event which is developed to support and showcase local BMX and skateboarding talent. Steven has a heart to mentor our youth and encourage them to make good decisions. He represents the Gilroy Fire Department and the City of Gilroy very well with this endeavor.


Congratulations Steven!

What is a firefighter?

He's the guy next door....
He's a guy like you and me with warts and worries and unfulfilled dreams.
Yet he stands taller than most of us.
He's a fireman....
A fireman is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men.
He's a man who saves lives because he has seen too much death.
He's a gentle man because he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control.
He's responsive to a child's laughter because his arms have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again....
He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man.
He lives it.
~Author Unknown