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.
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