TRUMBULL \u2014 Though Daniel Hoyt was an only child, ever since joining the Long Hill Fire Department as a volunteer at 16, he was a member of a large and robust family, said his cousin, Barbara Reddington. \u201cThe fire department really was his family,\u201d said Reddington, who lives in Springfield, N.J. \u201cThey had picnics together, fundraisers. They were very close.\u201d Hoyt died May 10 at age 76. Before retiring, he served as chief of the Long Hill Fire Department from 2002 to 2004. On Thursday, the department paid tribute to Hoyt on its Facebook page. \u201cIt is with deepest sadness that the Long Hill Fire Company #1 Incorporated announces the passing of Past Chief Daniel Hoyt,\u201d the post read. \u201cHis service, dedication and love for the LHFD will never be forgotten. May he Rest in Eternal Peace!\u201d One of his longtime colleagues at Long Hill was Frank Novak, now president of the Long Hill Fire Company. When Novak was 15, he started volunteering at Hoyt\u2019s station and was impressed with his commitment from the beginning. \u201cDanny was probably one of the most dedicated volunteers to have have worn a Long Hill uniform,\u201d Novak said. \u201cDanny was a great leader, always willing to contribute to the organization, always willing to help.\u201d Reddington said she doesn\u2019t know why her cousin first began volunteering for the fire department as a teenager, but she knew that service was always important to him. \u201cHe should be remembered as someone who cared very deeply for people and the community,\u201d she said. According to his obituary, Hoyt attended school in Trumbull and graduated from Babson College, with a BS in business administration. He began his business career as a computer program analyst at Remington Arms. He retired from Gardner Denver Nash LLC where he was an environmental and safety compliance manager. But working with the fire department was his passion, Reddington said. \u201cHe just loved the company of the other firemen,\u201d she said. Reddington said, when her cousin met his wife, Lois, they began participating in department activities together. \u201cThey really enjoyed it,\u201d she said. Novak agreed. \u201cThis was their second family,\u201d he said. \u201cThey did everything together and did everything with the fire department.\u201d Lois predeceased Hoyt, and he is survived by Reddington, his brother-in-law Jack D\u2019Andrea, his sisters-in-law Kathy Schietinger and Karen Birnbaum, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, Trumbull. Funeral services will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Long Hill Cemetery. The family requests that people attending services wear a mask. Donations in Hoyt\u2019s memory may be made to the Long Hill Fire Department, 6315 Main St., Trumbull, CT, 06611.