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Former Woodbridge Volunteer Firefighter Dies Doing What He Loved

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Sep 082021
 

The late Stephen Buda

On Monday, Sept. 6, Labor Day, Stephen Buda was enjoying his favorite hobby, rock climbing, in the Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner, New York, when he lost his life in a fall.

According to a report by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, police and EMS personnel were called to the Trapps Bridge area of the preserve at 5:30 p.m., Monday for a fallen rock climber and they found that Stephen M. Buda III, 56, of New Haven, Connecticut had scaled about 150-175 feet of a popular 200 ft climb when he fell.

Authorities said Buda was not wearing any climbing or safety equipment at the time of the incident.

Police said they suspect no foul play in the incident but it remains under investigation.

Steve, the firefighter

Steve, was a member of the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department for 5 or 6 years before he was hired as a firefighter for the city of Bridgeport in August of 2013 and served the city for eight years.

The Bridgeport Fire Department announced Buda’s passing on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire department posted on its Facebook Page that Pump Engineer Stephen Buda passed away while enjoying his favorite hobby of rock climbing.

Buda leaves behind his wife and two daughters

Locally, those firefighters and residents who knew Steve remember him as a good guy.

I remember him for his ever-present smile and love of the job.