Denis Patrick Germain‚ was born October 19‚ 1967‚ and grew up in Sloatsburg‚ NY. He graduated from Suffern High School and Ramapo College in Mahwah.
He was one of five children and the youngest of three brothers. His siblings say that Denis became a hero to the world on September 11‚ 2001‚ but to us he was something more important than that long before then‚ he was‚ and will always be our brother. He was a loving and caring uncle to seven nieces and nephews and a good and loving son to Philip Mickey Germain and Margaret Peggy Germain.
He was a seven-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department serving with Ladder Company 2 in Manhattan. He was also a fireman at Tuxedo Fire District Company 2. In his short career as a Firefighter he was recognized for outstanding performance‚ exemplifying professional character and exceptional ability and awarded three citations for bravery.
He was an avid ice hockey player and served as a valuable team member on the New York City Firefighters Hockey Team. He was also a proficient BMX bike rider and a down hill skier. He skied the Rockies on department trips and was indispensable at the annual downhill race at Hunter Mountain‚ New York‚ which pits firehouses against one another.
Denis was recognized by his fellow skiers as one of the better skiers the department had. He was also a ski instructor at the Sterling Forest Ski Center‚ in New York State where he spent his free time. He was actively involved in the Center’s Development Program‚ in which he organized and trained high school racing teams. He traveled with the Sterling Forest race team to New York State Ski Racing meets and was a NASTAR course pacesetter.
He was instrumental in the Sterling Forest Annual Fire Department of New York Widows and Orphans Day as an instructor for the children. He was described as the role model you want your child to grow up to be. He was always available when he was needed‚ during long hours of training young children to ski and to encourage and develop their skills‚ the car rides to races all over New York State and‚ most importantly‚ on top of the freezing mountain keeping kids safe and reassuring the parents.
Denis was someone special to everyone he knew and touched in his very kind and special way‚ but most of all he was the son you pray for and the brother who is your true friend and always there when you need him.