It all started as a tribute to Firefighter John Tripodi...
John “Superman” Tripodi
Now in our sixth year, the tournament was started as a tribute and originally named the Firefighter John Tripodi Memorial Golf Tournament. John was a friend to many and could always be found helping others.
John entered the fire service in his 40’s yet showed the enthusiasm of a twenty-year-old. Approximately ten years into his career he was diagnosed with lung and kidney cancer. John was forced to retire from the service due to the cancer. Typical John, he would not let the disease slow him down. He continued to help others through the Firefighters Cancer Support Network, counseling others with cancer and working with fellow employees on how to deal with medical issues. He also spent time at the oncology unit cheering up patients who were receiving their chemo treatments. He was a cancer awareness advocate and helped raise funds each year for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Santa Cruz. John's positive attitude, friendship and ever-lasting smile will never be forgotten.
In 2016 we changed the name to Santa Cruz County Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament in order to honor and remember all the firefighters in our community whose lives have been touch by cancer.
Steve Thomas Brosig
A dedicated firefighter for more than 25 years with the Aptos-La Selva Fire District, Steve lost his battle with leukemia 8 days before his 58th birthday. He loved his work and dedicated himself to the service of others. His calm and quiet confidence made him a compassionate paramedic and courageous firefighter. His career was his way of supporting and giving back to his community. In 2016 he was recognized as Firefighter of the Year, reflecting the camaraderie and friendships he developed in the community and among his colleagues.
A husband to Tracey, a father to Maya, and a man of contrasts. Steve loved the ocean and the desert, family and solitude. He loved nature and the wilderness, prolifically documenting his outdoor adventures to share with family and friends. His love of nature was exceeded only by his love for his daughter, Maya. Through fatherhood he was a hero, a leader, and resilient supporter. His legacy of strength and beauty continues on.
Greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Russ "Rusty" Long
Russ “Rusty” Long dreamed of becoming a firefighter ever since he was a little boy. He turned that dream into a reality, first by becoming a volunteer firefighter for the Felton and Zayante Fire Districts, and then by being hired at Santa Cruz Fire Department in 1980. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming an engineer, a fire captain and then a battalion chief in 1987. He found, though, that he missed his days on the fire engine and felt a bit removed from his fellow firefighters and from his strong desire to work with and help his community. He asked to go back to the rank of captain, and remained happily in that position until 2006. Russ loved his work, his coworkers and his community. He was greatly respected by all who knew him, both in his professional and personal life.
Russ was married to Lori for 24 years, and together they had three children, Brian, Mitch and Maggie. These three were the pride of his life. Although he was very dedicated to his job, nothing came before his family. He coached all of his children’s soccer and baseball teams, never missed a dance recital, and would do almost anything to ensure he didn’t miss one of their games or big moments in life. Russ was a lover of the outdoors, avid water and snow skier, fisherman and all around adventure seeker. He passed all these loves onto his children.
In 2006, Russ was diagnosed with glioblastoma (brain cancer) and was forced to retire from the fire department. With the help of family and friends, he battled this disease for eight months and died at the age of 51. Many hearts in Santa Cruz broke that November day. Russ left this world much too soon, but he left an indelible mark on so many people in his short life. This is most evident in his three amazing children, who carry on his legacy through their kindness, love of family and dedication to their community.