Friends Remembered: Damion Derobbio

Damion DeRobbio

Damion DeRobbio, 43, died on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at his home in Poland, Ohio.

DeRobbio was born in Pittsburgh on March 29, 1979, to Philip Anthony and Margaret Caitlyn Gill DeRobbio.

He was awarded the Carnegie Medal for helping to rescue a 6-year-old girl from burning after her family home in Pulaski, Pennsylvania, caught fire on April 22, 2004. A neighbor, DeRobbio entered her bedroom through a broken-out window, crawled through the smoke-filled room to her bed, carried her to the window, and handed her to safety to an off-duty police officer outside.

DeRobbio owned and operated Alley Cat Guide Services, which organized and directed fishing trips. He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. He was a member of the Steelhead Valley Fishing Club. He raised and bred reptiles. DeRobbio liked music and enjoyed playing the guitar. A loving father, he enjoyed time with his children and was active in their upbringing.

DeRobbio is survived by his father and stepmother, Susan A. DeRobbio; children Donovan, Isabella, Julian, and Hunter DeRobbio; his brother, Patrick DeStefano; and former wife, Sophia DeKant DeRobbio.