It's truly an honor to have the opportunity to know and learn from Chief Tepe. He taught me countless lessons over the years, and supported everyone that he was surrounded by. Just like himself, His legacy is truly one of a kind. Rest easily brother, we'll make you proud.
You will be greatly missed my friend. Your wonderful smile, quiet voice and great big bear hugs will be remembered always.
Very sad to hear the news of Chief Tepe’s passing. He was an amazing leader in the Fire Service and for many decades. He was a terrific role model and inspiration. Sincere condolences to his family and to the members of the Dix Hills Fire Department. May we all draw strength from the many fond memories we have of him.
Phil, you are sorely missed! You were always so friendly and made everyone feel welcome. Your dedication to this department was truly an inspiration. You looked out for everyone, and smoothed over some of the bumps that tend to happen in the fire service. We'll take it from here, chief.
My sincerest condolences to Tiff, PJ and Brent. Thinking of you all during this very difficult times. God Bless.
Phil and I first met each other thru our fathers, who were both in the fire department, in our respective departments. We both followed in our fathers foot steps serving as Chief, Commissioner and both of us with over 50 years of service to our communities. We were in each others wedding party. Our families spent many times together including a vacation to Schroon Lake. We both enlisted in the USAF. Phil visited me in Hawaii on his way to Vietnam. Our family was very upset to hear of his passing. We will remember him always.
Phil will be in our hearts and memories forever. It was great knowing you!
Chief Tepe always brought a smile to my face every time I saw him. My first month coming into the department, he made me feel so welcomed. He was always there whenever I needed anything during tough times. I miss you chief and I'll remember all the good times. Thank you for bringing some happiness into my life. It was an absolute honor to serve the community alongside you. Rest in Peace Chief.
It was an HONOR and a Privilege to know you and call you a friend. I will miss our chats and cherish your memory.
Rest in peace Brother
Chief. I will miss you my friend. You have always been so kind to me. Your smile and warm caring hugs were always genuine. We would talk about our children and you were always so proud, you would glow when you spoke of them.. I am honored to have known you. I thank you for your service to our country and community. I will truly miss you. Rest in peace
With love Christina
I had the opportunity to work with Phil at the Town of Huntington Fire Marshal’s office. He was a wealth of knowledge and experience. A true gentleman and pleasure to know. I will miss him. RIP Chief 🙏🏼
Rest in Peace, my old friend.
I like so many was shocked and saddened to hear this sad news......may you rest in peace.....we will pray for you and for your family's tragic loss
Phil I will miss my friend very much.I will keep the memories of all the years we have known each other close to my heart.
I am missing you very much. Your support, kindness, & love meant so much to me. Your love for your family was truly spectacular. You remain a role model to all who came in contact with you...You are
and will always be my special friend.
my memory of chief is you knew he was on the fire ground (as a coordinator) when you saw his hummer. he's a great man always said hello whenever I saw him horrible loss for the fire service
Since my first days as a probie, Phil has shaped my years with our department, as a brother, a friend and as a personal mentor. It was his leadership, his knowledge, and his logical approach to everything, (always dispensed as a true friend and gentleman), that got me through some difficult times, whether on the fire ground or in the boardroom.
In one area, I can only hope to follow in Phil’s footsteps……..his deep love for our Department. No person ever loved our Department like he has, and that love was contagious. He showed that love in everything he did, and passed it on to all of us.
My condolences to the Tepe family and the Chiefs and members of the Dix Hills fd .You were always a gentleman and a great man to talk to . You will be missed dearly RIP Chief Tepe
My memory of Chief Tepe will always be a welcoming smile and a huge hug every time I saw him. Throughout my time knowing him, he supported me both personally and on a department level. I knew anything I needed he was there and always knew the right thing to say and do. There was no situation Phil didn’t have the proper reaction to, he could make you feel at ease under the worst circumstances just knowing he was gonna be there for you and support you. He even made me try his go to drink, a good ole jack and ginger, which became my favorite too. Whenever I have one in the future it’ll be for him. I miss you Chief, it was an honor to serve the community alongside you. To the Tepe family, I thank you for allowing Phil to become our family too and just know you all have the support of the entire Dix Hills family. Rest peacefully Chief.
You got me thru my 1st working fire and the past 10 years of service. Always there when you were needed by me, the company, the department and the country. With every shot of jack, Sinatra on a good day you will be thought of and missed deeply. Knowing you and having you as a friend was my privilege and honor. Until we meet again my friend, RIP.