Wayne Allen Drapeau "Droopy" was born on February 17, 1970 in Meriden, CT and passed away on October 28, 2019. Wayne started his fire service career as soon as he was old enough in Wallingford, CT. He moved to MD in 1990 and became a live-in member of the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. He also became a day-crew member of Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (BCCRS) before moving to Pawley's Island, SC and joining Midway Fire Rescue. He returned to MD in 2001 and resumed working at BCCRS until he was hired at DCFD in 2002. Wayne spent his entire career at 33 Engine, Truck 8 including four years at the Fire Investigations Unit (FIU).
Wayne had a 16+ year career with the DCFD and it was his dream job. Due to the nature of public service and first responders' careers, Wayne was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of the on the job trauma and tragedies that he experienced and witnessed. Even with consistent treatment over the past year and a half, he was consumed by the disease and succumbed from injuries related to it.
Wayne is survived by his wife, daughter, two step-daughters, parents, brother, and two god-daughters. The brothers and sisters "Droopy" has touched over the years are far reaching, and to everyone who met him he is a gentle giant with the intimidating mustache! Wayne has left behind a legacy whether he knew it or not.
In Lieu of flowers please send condolence donations to: https://my.iaff.org/CSiDonate/Give.aspx?AcctGrp=W_FND&bBO=PA&Dist=AFOUND&Amount=DEFAULT2&App=FNDCOE&swTN=t&swCh=f&pgHdr=Header12&rt=_Receipt-IAFF.html&swgt=COEWe will be hosting a celebration of Wayne's life. Please join us on Sunday, November 3rd from 1pm-4pm at Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (BCCRS) located at 5020 Battery Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814. We will be serving light refreshments upstairs in the hall for everyone to gather and share their memories together.