Mourning a Loss: Commissioner & Ex-Chief Andrew McCaffery has answered his last alarm
By Web Team
August 13, 2017

It is with deep regret that the Chiefs of Cutchogue Fire Dept. announces that 24 Year Member, Commissioner, Ex-Chief Andrew McCaffery Has answered his last alarm.

Andrew passed away last evening, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was 41 years old.

Drew also served as Suffolk County Deputy Fire Coordinator, and was the current President of the Suffolk County Parade and Drill Team Captains Association.

His firefighting career at CFD began in 1991 as a charter member of Cutchogue Fire Department Juniors. He would join the department in 1993 following in his Father Ex-Chief Francis McCaffery's footsteps, carrying on a family tradition. He served in various leadership capacities throughout the years and rose through the chiefs ranks to serve as Chief in 2009-2010. Drew is 1 of 3 Chiefs that would eventually come from the CFD juniors program.

He was elected as Fire commissioner in 2013 a position he continued to serve.

Throughout his time in the Department he was an active and proud participant with the CFD Panthers Drill team, and was an Ex-Captain of the team. Drew was a instrumental part of the team during some of the Panthers most successful years, that included being the teams hydrant man during the 1996 season when the panthers returned to the track as a motorized team. That same year they were crowned the Suffolk County Total Points Champions for the Efficiency contest.

For many years He was involved in the Suffolk County Parade and Drill Team Captains Association and served as the organizations president over the past year making many friends with fellow firefighters thoughout Suffolk County and New York State.

Drew was married to his loving wife Lauren, and was part of a firematic family. He is the son of Ex-Chief Francis B. McCaffery Jr. and Ladies Auxillary member Carol McCaffery, a brother to inactive Member Michael McCaffery, sister to Ladies Aux. member Lynn Stevens and loving uncle to Firefighter Ceci Stevens and past and present CFD Juniors Carolee, Claire and Cassandra Stevens, and Son in-Law to Firefighter Tom and Doris Cybulski.

The Funeral Arrangements are as follows:


Tuesday August 15th 7-9 P.M
Wednesday August 16th 2-4 & 7-9 PM
Defriest-Grattan Funeral Home, 13805 Main Rd. Mattituck

Firematic Services will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Fire Department members are asked to wear Class A Uniforms.
Meet at HQ at 6:45 hrs.

Funeral services w/ Firematic Honors:
Thursday at 11 am at the Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church
Located on Depot Lane in Cutchogue
Burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery

The Chiefs Officers and members of the Cutchogue Fire Department wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Lauren the entire McCaffery Family and his friends.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

May he rest in peace.

Hyperlinks: Defreist-Grattan Funeral Home
1991 CFD Juniors -  Charter members
1991 CFD Juniors - Charter members
1991 North Fork Drill
1991 North Fork Drill
1994 Suffolk County Old Fashioned Champs
1994 Suffolk County Old Fashioned Champs
2nd place NYS old Fashioned Drill 1995
2nd place NYS old Fashioned Drill 1995

Pat Urban August 13, 2017 at 10:42 PM
What a beautiful tribute to an outstanding young man you were taken too young may you Rest In Peace and my prayers go out to Lauren and the McCaffery family

Andrew B August 13, 2017 at 11:45 PM
Thank you for your service. May god rest your soul . Taken way to early from his family.

Noreen Plantz August 14, 2017 at 12:15 PM
What a lovely tribute from your Cutchogue FD brothers and sisters. While I didn't know you as a firefighter, I did know you from FRES. One of the finest Dispatchers I had the pleasure to work with, and a true gentleman. You were the kind of person who touched the heart of everyone who ever met you. Rest In Peace Drew, and my condolences to your wife Lauren, your family and your Fire Department family.