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We at J.H. Cohn were deeply
saddened in August 2010 to
learn of the death of Steven J.
, our friend and col-
league who was killed while
deployed to Afghanistan with
the Vermont National Guard.
Although Steven's time with
J.H. Cohn was not long, we
will always remember this
special young man who made
a lasting impression on us all, not only for his bravery and
sacrifice, but also for his work ethic and the leadership he
continually displayed both within the office and outside.
Steve, a native of Glastonbury, was active in the communi-
ty's athletic program throughout his life. He was a standout
both during his youth he made Glastonbury's All-Star
baseball team at age 12 and as an adult, when he shared
his love of baseball as a Little League coach and led his
team to the 2009 championship.
It was fitting, then, that we joined Steve's family on Memorial
Day 2011 at Ross Field at the town's annual Memorial Day
Wooden Bat game, which was renamed in his honor, to
dedicate a new flagpole and plaque in his memory. Frank
, managing partner of J.H. Cohn's Glastonbury
office, formally presented the flagpole and plaque, donated
by the J.H. Cohn partnership, to the DeLuzio family. Scott
DeLuzio, Steven's brother, who was also deployed to
Afghanistan, raised the flag. The plaque, as read by Frank,
reads, "In Memory of Sgt. Steven J. DeLuzio, Our
Colleague, Our Hero Flagpole Dedication May 30, 2011
J.H. Cohn LLP."
Also at the Wooden Bat game, Steve's family presented the
first Glastonbury Little League Scholarship in the amount of
$1,000 to 12-year-old Nick Brenner. The scholarship will be
presented annually to a Glastonbury Little League Major
League 12-year-old who shares Steven's love of sports and
demonstrates the values by which he lived his life. These
values include teamwork, leadership, maturity, fairness,
competitiveness, valor, humor, selflessness, and service to
community. The application process requires Little League
players to submit an essay explaining how they share
Steven's values along with a recommendation from a Little
League coach. The $1,000 will be invested until the time
Nick attends college.
Further, the J.H. Cohn Foundation established a $5,000
scholarship in Steven's memory to be awarded to a
Glastonbury High School student who plans to pursue a
career in accounting. Natasha T. Michel is the recipient of
the first annual scholarship. A recommendation from one of
her accounting teachers reads, "Natasha Michel is a young
woman who makes a lasting impression on those she
meets. Natasha impressed me immediately through the
quality and thoroughness of her accounting work and over-
all dedication to education."
Rose Swiatkiewicz is the marketing director for J.H. Cohn
LLP's Glastonbury office.
Remembering SSG Steven J. DeLuzio
J.H. Cohn Staff Member Honored for His Dedication to
Community, Family, Scholarship
By Rose Swiatkiewicz, J.H. Cohn LLP
(above photo)
Steven DeLuzio's brother, SCT
Scott DeLuzio, Connecticut Army
National Guard, who was also
deployed to Afghanistan,
raises the flag on the flagpole
donated by the J.H. Cohn
partnership in Steven's memory.
(at right)
Frank Longobardi,
managing partner of J.H. Cohn's
Glastonbury office, reads the
inscription on the flagpole.
Steven J. DeLuzio