Record Staff Report
The Chelsea Fire Department hosted Steve Latulip on September 21 in a special ‘thank you’ to a man who has made it his business to feed local fire departments, despite being slowed down a bit by cerebral palsy.
Steve Latulip started “Steve’s Brigade” to say thank you to local firefighters. Latulip and his mom, Elaine, make dinner for fire stations across the state of Massachusetts to show appreciation for the fire service. Latulip suffers from cerebral palsy, but he doesn’t let the illness define him, he said.
“Steve’s visit to the fire house was truly an honor for the department,” said Chief Leonard Albanese. “The Chelsea Fire Department would like to publicly thank Steve and Elaine Latulip for recognizing the fire service through Steve’s Brigade.’”
Latulip said he was touched by the special accommodation for he and his mother.
“How do I ever begin to say how special the guys at Chelsea fire are?” he asked. “Before we even got to the station, Deputy Wayne Ulwick met up with us at the exit of the Tobin Bridge and led us to the station. Once we arrived, just like several times before, all the stations were gathered together in one place to make it easier for Mom and me. Immediately upon arriving I felt so welcome and at home. I felt like I was one of them and thank you so much for that. The warmth and friendship in that room today I can’t even describe. I will never forget it.”
Latulip was presented with a special Chelsea Fire shirt for his collection.