Brave Son of Eltingville's Name to Grace Street

SI Advance - December 20, 2008


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An Eltingville street will be renamed in honor of city Firefighter Raymond W. Hauber, who lost his life due to illness after working rescue and recovery at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. He gave unstintingly to the effort, often working 12-hour shifts at the former WTC site.

On Monday at 6 p.m., Eltingville Boulevard at Lamoka Avenue will be named Firefighter Raymond W. Hauber Way.

City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore), who arranged for the street renaming, will officiate along with firefighters from Engine Co. 284/Ladder Co. 284.

Mr. Hauber was a lifelong resident of Eltingville and a member of Eltingville Lutheran Church. After graduation from Tottenville High School, he attended the College of Staten Island, and later joined the FDNY. Mr. Hauber was a firefighter for 17 years, serving at Engine 284/Ladder 284, known as the "Castle on the Hill" in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

Mr. Hauber enjoyed many outdoor activities, including fishing, and he was extremely fond of cooking.

He died Aug. 4, 2007.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Barbara Davey; his parents, Otto and Beulah Hauber; his sisters, Lynn Cranstoun and Patty Birdsalo, and his brother, Paul Hauber.