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Lt. Richard Nappi, FDNY Engine 237, dies at three-alarm Brooklyn warehouse fire. Mayor says 'Lt. Nappi overheated, suffered exhaustion and collapsed.'

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Forty-seven-year-old Lieutenant Richard Nappi of Engine 237, a 17-year veteran of the FDNY, died during a fire reported around 1:00 this afternoon at a warehouse on Flushing Avenue in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Lt. Nappi was a Bronx native who lived in Suffolk County. He has a wife Mary Anne, a 12-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son. According to a statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Lt. Nappi overheated, suffered exhaustion and collapsed.

Joeseph Goldstein & Andy Newman, The New York Times:

A veteran city fire lieutenant died of an apparent heart attack on Monday afternoon while battling a three-alarm warehouse blaze in Brooklyn, the authorities said.

Fire Lt. Richard Nappi, 47, was commanding a hose line at the fire, at 930 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, when he began feeling dizzy, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. He soon went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical center at 3:32 p.m., the authorities said.

“This is a very tragic day for New York City,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a news conference at Woodhull.  “Someone who devoted his life to keeping us safe is no longer with us.”

Kerry Burke & Barry Paddock, New York Daily News:

After becoming overheated, Lt.  Richard Nappi, 47, of Farmingville, L.I., was taken in cardiac arrest to  Woodhull Medical Center, where he died, officials said.

“Outside of his family, his life’s work was keeping New Yorker safe from fires, and by any measure he succeeded magnificently,” said Mayor Bloomberg, speaking at a press conference at the hospital.

They mayor comforted Nappi’s wife, Mary Anne, at the hospital. Nappi, a 9/11 first-responder, also leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.

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  • WillMega06

    RIP Brother.

  • the ear

    Rest in Peace

  • Mack Seagrave

    Rest in peace Brother … Condolences to family and fellow Firefighters …

  • Jack

    Godspeed. Rest Easy Brother.

  • Former Chief

    RIP Brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  • Ian

    Gods blessings for his family, RIP Richard.

  • mark

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and fellow firemen.

  • DCFD

    From all of your brothers in DC, RIP Lt

  • scba272

    RIP Brother

  • rob

    rip brother
    and bloomberg should be ashamed of himself using a news conference about a line of duty death to boast about fire stats. get the name of the street right jackass!! he does not give a damn about us, only the 1%.

  • TommyO

    From all the members of IAFF Local 109- Rest in peace and thoughts and prayers to the family.

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