UNION, NJ – Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of beloved Union resident Anthony P. Steitz, and friends and peers came together to make a tribute video in his memory.
Andy Imbimbo, Crossroads Christian Fellowship Youth Paster, said since getting together in person was not possible, teens from Union High School JROTC and Chaos Youth Group provided input to make the video in Anthony’s memory.
“Anthony was such a huge part of our youth group as a leader and a leader of JROTC,” said Imbimbo. “We were originally planning on having a giant get-together at the church to celebrate Anthony’s life and give our teens an opportunity to share reflections.” Imbimbo said since they could not meet in person, he reached out to the teens and asked them to send in videos of Anthony and share personal reflections of how they’ve grown over the past year.
“The goal of the video is about giving the teens a message of hope and helping them to come together as one for the one-year anniversary of Anthony’s death,” said Imbimbo. He said they also had a Zoom meeting with a group of teens who shared funny stories and memories of Anthony. “It was a hard day, but we pulled through as a family and made sure that no one was alone. We may be isolated, but we were more connected than ever.”
Steitz died the day after a car accident on Route 78 on April 28, 2019, as he was returning from the JROTC's annual military ball. As the highest achieving cadet, Steitz was awarded the Superior Cadet Award at the event. "His family misses Anthony terribly," said his father, recently retired Union Fire Captain Gary Steitz, Sr.
Imbimbo added he hopes the video shows people “how amazing Anthony was and how impactful his life was for us.”
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