A Veteran Firefighter, an Athlete in His Youth

October 2, 2001

Gregory Stajk, 46, attached to Engine 22 in Manhattan, was a firefighter for about 20 years.

A Long Beach resident who was raised in Kings Park, Stajk was a star athlete, excelling in baseball at Kings Park High School, according to his sister, Ellen Shelnutt.

He tried out for the Cincinnati Reds.

Stajk earned an undergraduate fine arts degree from Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus. His uncle is a retired city firefighter and played a major role in influencing Stajk.

A trivia fan, his sister recalled, "he could sit and reel off movies and baseball batting averages for hours."

Stajk is also survived by his parents, George and Margaret; a brother, Edward, and another sister, Jean Somerville.

--Bill Kaufman (Newsday)