Deputy Fire Chief Steve Heckman
Steve has been with the department for 8 years.
He was born in Pennsylvania and at the age of 7, his family moved to Florida. After completing his schooling he started working in the Aerospace industry for a subcontractor at Kennedy Space Center, then eventually going to Pratt and Whitney in West Palm Beach. In 2004, Steve found himself moving here to Trenton. During the day, Steve works at The Jackson Laboratory as a Fire Protection Specialist and Maintenance Planner for the Bar Harbor, California and Connecticut Facilities. During his years at Jax, he obtained his degree in Fire Science and has certifications in Fire Protection Engineering, as well as multiple other certifications.
Steve is married and has 2 daughters, one currently serving in the US Navy stationed in San Diego, and his youngest will be graduating MDI High School next year. His family has always had roots in the Fire Service starting with his great-grandfather in the early 1900's in upstate New York and continuing down through the years to his Step-Father in Florida, where they lived across the street to the Fire House. He regularly visited there and he says he was amazed with all the activities, hard work, dedication, sirens at all hours of the day, the dirty sooty gear, etc.. All of the difficult work and dedication of those Firefighters , was what made Steve decide, the Fire Service was for him. His schooling taught him about the Industrial and Commercial side of Fire Protection, but he knew he was missing something...so in 2007 He joined Trenton Volunteer Fire Department . He knew he wanted to give back to his community and to help others protect themselves from the devastating effects of fire. Although some of you might not know Steve, most all the school children at Trenton Elementary School know him as their Fire Protection Firefighter during National Fire Protection Week! He says it has been a very rewarding experience to be able to teach others to be Fire Safe.