Paul began his firefighting career with the Coral Springs Fire Department in November of 2005. He spent several years working between the Engine and the Rescue as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He went on to complete the training and testing process for Driver Engineer, and was promoted to Driver in early 2016.
Through his time in the department, he and his family were given their share of trials. Emma, the youngest of Paul's 4 children, was born with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS), a rare genetic disorder. Emma is a true joy to be around, but has given her parents a run for their money from day one!
In 2012, Paul came to shift after experiencing, what he believed to be, heartburn for most of the night. Because of the insistence of the crew, he was given an exam at the station, and diagnosed with an active Myocardial Infarction. He was quickly taken to a local cardiac facility, where he was successfully treated.
After all he and his family had been through, they more than anyone, deserved a break. Fate, however, would not be so kind. In early 2015, Paul began having abdominal pain, and was diagnosed with gall stones. That diagnosis was incorrect, and it was discovered that Paul had actually developed Pancreatic Cancer. Thanks to the swift actions of the Doctors involved, Paul saw several specialists, and began aggressive treatment in the spring of 2015. He had multiple surgeries, chemo treatments, immuno-therapy, and drug trials. During all of that, Paul and Karen spent every available minute making the most of the time they had. They made a "Bucket List" and they worked very hard towards making all those dreams a reality! In July of 2016, Paul, Karen, and his doctors, decided that there are no further treatments that would improve Paul's cancer. He and Karen made the decision for quality over quantity, and continued to "Bucket list the heck out of life".
Sadly, we lost our brother Paul on November 23, 2016. He will continue to be a reminder to all of us to live each day to the fullest, and always strive to be Pauly Strong!
We miss you Pauly!