Steve Schneider, a 12-year
veteran firefighter assigned to
Tempeís McClintock Road station, has
become known for something other
than the bravery and expertise he
displays on the job.
Schneider crafts sculptures honoring
firefighters and police officers.
Schneiderís latest work is a
sculpture of a firefighter handing a
child to a police officer for the
town of Gilbert's Police and Fire
sculpture represents Rob Targosz,
a Gilbert officer who was killed by
a drunken driver on April 30.
Crafted of bronze, the 7-foot
sculpture will be dedicated on the
one-year anniversary of Targosz's
Gilbert project is what I consider a
snapshot of two very honorable
professions--police and fire,"
professions offer a unique
opportunity to help other people in
times of need."
1995, Schneider sculpted a piece
depicting two firefighters advancing
hose lines in honor of Ed Gaicki,
a Tempe firefighter who died in a
fire in 1980.
sculpture stands in the courtyard of
the Tempe Fire Administration
Building, 300 feet from where Gaicki
lost his life.
self-taught sculptor who has been
honing his skills for 20 years,
Schneider says he enjoys the
challenges of helping people and
making art of what he and other
firefighters and police officers do
sculpting for the creative outlet
and the satisfaction of having an
idea and being able to give it
life," he said.
on four acres, Schneider appreciates
the peaceful space to create his
work and hear his family's input
about his latest creation.
"Whenever I see my completed work,
it gives me great satisfaction in my
God-given ability to take an idea
and give it form, which then can be
shared with others," Schneider said.