Lifelong Lynbrook resident and U.S. Army veteran Steve Grogan was recently inducted into the New York state Veterans Hall of Honor during a ceremony at the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre. He was one of nine veterans honored.
Grogan serves as the historian and public information officer for American Legion Post 335, and is a Vietnam-era veteran who served in active duty for more than five years as a U.S. Army intelligence special agent, stationed at West Point. His parents were both World War II veterans, with his mother serving in the Marines and his father in the Navy. Grogan was born on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Grogan earned a master’s degree from CW Post, and has been an active member of the Lynbrook Fire Department for 52 years, where he has served as a former captain and honorary chief, and now works as its public information officer. He was instrumental and fought to get Nassau County to honor veterans who are also volunteer firefighters by issuing a veteran pin that is worn on their Fire Department uniforms. This led to many counties across New York to issue the same honor.
A former village trustee in Lynbrook, Grogan now serves as vice president of Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior, a nonprofit charity formed 15 years ago to help wounded warriors.
Additionally, Grogan is a retired federal agent, and served 35 years with the U.S. Justice Department. He has been married to his wife, Jane, for 48 years and they have two grown and married sons, Stephen and Brian, and two grandchildren, Abigail and Sean.