By all indications, Steven Frosch was a man who cared more about his family than anything else.
He even left his job as an NYPD officer in 1999 after five years for another city position in a safer line of work.
But on Saturday, Frosch, a 15-year veteran of the Sanitation Department, was killed in an accident inside the Queens West 5A garage at 58-02 48 St. in Maspeth where he worked.
According to police, the Garden City South, LI resident was performing maintenance on a street sweeper when a second street sweeper, driven by a colleague, accidentally struck him, pinning him between the vehicles.
When police arrived, he was unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.
Frosch, a 1989 graduate of St. Francis Prep, leaves behind a wife and four children, the youngest child being just 2 months old.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of New York City’s Strongest today while on the job in service of our city,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement over the weekend. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Steven Frosch’s family — especially his wife and four children — as well as his friends and fellow Sanitation workers.”
Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia also mourned Frosch’s death.
“Visits to his garage reveal a man deeply admired and loved by his colleagues, many of whom were his dear friends,” Garcia said. “This will be a week of mourning, but I have already seen the strength and compassion for our fellow employees as we grieve.”
A page on the popular fundraising website Go Fund Me was set up in Frosch’s name on Sunday, with a goal of $10,000.
By 11 a.m. on Wednesday, just four days after the tragic accident, $40,095 had already been raised for Frosch’s family.
Donations ranged from $20 to $1,000 on Tuesday alone, with dozens of people donating more than $100.
Comments from family members and mere acquaintances alike poured in just as the dollars did.
“Steve, I did not know you very well but I remember the bright spirit you had,” one man wrote. “May God watch over your family and bring peace to them.”
Frosch’s brother-in-law, Joe Cuz, also commented on the page, calling his sister’s husband one of the best men he ever met.
“Steve, you will be missed. I want to say thank you for everything you’ve done,” Cuz wrote. “I will always, for the rest of my life, think of you when I look at [Frosch’s children].”
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Franklin Square, LI.