Andrew Stadel, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Andy Stadel, Why I Care Employee Recipient

After Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City in 2012, SEFCU employee volunteers boarded a bus to help with cleanup efforts. Andy Stadel and other employees spent long hours removing water-logged debris, distributing food to those who were displaced, and packing trucks full of supplies to be given to hurricane victims. While Andy was grateful for the time he was able to give to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, he wished he could have done more. 


After he returned from the bus trip he began researching ways he could gain new skills that would allow him to do more in emergency situations so he started taking FEMA and Search and Rescue classes and a few short years later began his training as a volunteer fireman for Vischer Ferry Fire Department where he has served since 2015. 


“It was the bus trip in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that gave me the drive. I’m very proud to be part of an organization that supports and encourages employees to get involved in this way,” said Stadel. 


Andy has moved up the ranks quickly in the fire department, serving in a number of roles including firefighter, Financial Secretary, Sgt. at Arms, and was most recently elected Lieutenant. In addition to his volunteer service in the firehouse, Andy was also a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor to his “little,” Victor.