For Trenton Fire Chief Steve Corson, firefighting runs in the family.
A Trenton native, Steve “played two years of football” and also played intramural sports while attending MDI High School. He later earned an associate degree in business management at Eastern Maine Vocational-Technical Institute in Bangor, then worked at Carroll’s IGA in Trenton. He “was an assistant manager at one point.”
Steve now works at the Hinckley Co. facilities in Trenton, “where we build the boats, up to 55 feet and as small as 29 feet. I am a purchasing agent. I enjoy it a lot. They’ve been very good to me. I like the people I work with.”
Steve joined the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department in 1989. His father, Carl, served with the department in the 1980s, and his grandfather, Shirley Corson, was a Trenton fire chief years ago. “Helping people and helping the community is important to me,” Steve said. “I’ve learned a lot and made good friends as well.”
His wife, Amanda, sells insurance at the L.S. Robinson Co. in Southwest Harbor and serves a lieutenant on the Trenton VFD, which she joined in 2015. The department has 23 members, and being a volunteer firefighter “is a lot of work,” said Steve, in his fifth year as chief.
Trenton VFD responded to 122 calls in 2018. “I take a lot of pride in what we do,” Steve said. “We’ve got a good group of people here in this fire department [whom] I count on every day.”
He and Amanda “like to travel, usually someplace warm,” and “we enjoy a live concert” at Fenway Park or the Bangor waterfront, Steve said. “We like to hike.”
The Corsons’ daughter, Brittany, is studying elementary education at Endicott College, and their son, Zachary, is pursuing liberal studies at Eastern Maine Community College.