Family and friends remember longtime sanitation worker Steven Frosch
by Andrew Shilling
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Remembering Steven Frosch
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The family of Queens sanitation worker Steven Frosch, who died in a work-related accident at the Queens West 5A Broom Garage back in June, were part of a memorial in his honor hosted by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

Surrounded by his former coworkers, supervisors and local elected officials, Frosch’s family and friends looked on as Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and others unveiled a plaque and shrine, renaming the garage on 48th Street in Maspeth after him.

Jason Vazquez, Frosch’s immediate supervisor, said he will always remember Frosch as, “one of the best workers that the department ever had.”

“He was one of these guys that when you meet him, in five minutes you’re always going to feel more positive than you were before,” Vazquez said. “He was always a positive influence and helped me continue on in my path.”

Vazquez also worked with Frosch when he was at his former post in Forest Hills.

“The people there loved him and as a supervisor out there, he didn’t need to be supervised,” he said. “He always did his job 100 percent perfect.”

Frosch died when he was struck and pinned by a mechanical broom while repairing his street cleaner in the Maspeth garage.

Garcia said she has remained close with the family ever since the accident, adding that it has been her mission to create a safer department.

“There is a real focus now on safety in all aspects of our operations, not just what you would think as being the more dangerous portions of the job,” Garcia said. “Also, I think there has been a real support for one another during this particular time of mourning.”

While she said they have placed more of a focus on creating a safer work environment for their employees, Garcia noted that the job is a dangerous work place and that workers must “remained focused at all times.”

“He was a great guy, he was a fabulous employee and he left behind a family of four small children,” she said.

Assemblyman and former DSNY employee Michael DenDekker said while he never met Frosch on the job, they both worked at the same garage together and he remembers his name.

“When people turn around and say, 'what do you do for a living,' it kind of identifies you when you say ‘a sanitation worker,’” DenDekker said. “That’s not who Steven was. He was a husband, a father, a brother, a family person.”

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