Volunteer Spotlight: Stephen Schwartz
The following will be a monthly article spotlighting the volunteers who help make the city of Shelton in serving its residents.
Name: Stephen Schwartz
Where do you live?
My wife Christine and I live in Fairfield. We have a 22-year-old boy who just graduated from college; a sophomore 19-year-old girl in college; and a 17-year-old senior in high school. Two of my children have completed their EMT programs.
Where do you volunteer?
Echo Hose Ambulance
Why have you chosen to volunteer, and why did you choose this organization to
volunteer your time?
I”ve spent 16 years of year-round volunteer work as a coach and a board member of various youth sports programs. While researching EMT programs with my older son, I realized this was something I would like to do as well. It turns out I love doing it. While researching various EMS departments, I was introduced to Echo Hose Ambulance Assistant Chief Joe Laucella through a mutual friend. I was very impressed by Joe’s and Chief Mike Chaffee’s passion for Echo Hose Ambulance and the city of Shelton. Echo Hose also has a training center where we can not only go and receive training on the most current protocols in EMS, it also provides a lots of free classes, like CPR and Stop the Bleed. An educated community is a solid first step in saving a life until we get there.
Favorite aspect of volunteering in Shelton?
Shelton is a vibrant and diverse community where people want to work and live. Driving through town, it’s clear the growth in the community and its businesses is very evident. It’s fun to be a small part of such a positive vibe. My wife and I like it so much we are opening a business here.
I recently ended a 27-year career on Wall Street. My wife and I are now opening an Express Employment Professionals location on Bridgeport Avenue. We are excited to add to the “vibe” and to help people in the Valley find jobs and help businesses grow.
Who is the greatest influence in your life?
Without hesitation my parents, Steve and Laura, and my wife, Christine. All have been supportive in all my crazy ideas and have more importantly put me in my place when needed.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Balancing long work weeks and family time. We are a tight-knit family and our children have grown up close friends.
What can you not live without?
My sports, softball and golf. I am not good at either but it’s a nice break from the world once in a while.