Fire Captain Loses Hard Fought Battle

March 21, 2014

Courtesy Photo Captain McKenna and his son Dan

submitted by the Salem Fire Department

Chief of Department Kevin J. Breen and IAFF Local 2892 President Brian S. Murray are saddened to announce the death of active-duty Fire Captain Stephen J. McKenna, Badge 158.  Captain McKenna, 54, succumbed to his long and courageous battle with cancer on March 18.  He was appointed to the Salem Fire Department on January 26, 2003, and promoted through the ranks of paramedic, lieutenant, station officer and captain/shift commander.  He was the rescue program coordinator at the New Hampshire Fire Academy for many years, a member of the Urban Search and Rescue Massachusetts Task Force 1, and a past member of the Keene and Westmoreland Fire departments.

Steve touched many live throughout his career, and his passing will leave a large void in the New Hampshire fire service community.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nancy, his sons, Doug and Dan, and his family during this difficult time.

Wake and funeral service arrangements will be announced when available.