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NYC Firefighter killed (accidentally) on the job

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by Gallium, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    Hi Guys n Gals,

    I don't post here a lot...thought you'd want to see this.


    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/439570p-370241c.html

    L.I. fireman is killed as truck pins him

    BY MELISSA GRACE, OREN YANIV and BILL HUTCHINSON
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    A Long Island firefighter was crushed to death yesterday when he was pinned between the top of a rescue truck and a firehouse ceiling beam as a colleague started to move the rig, cops said.

    Volunteer firefighter Paul Brady, 42, suffered internal injuries in the 10 a.m. accident at the Malverne Fire Department firehouse.

    "It's a very heavy loss," said Malverne Fire Chief Michael Latronico. "He was the type of guy everybody liked."

    Brady was initially conscious when rushed by an ambulance already at the firehouse to Nassau County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just after 2 p.m.

    "The whole department and the village are devastated," said Malverne Fire Commissioner Jim Callahan, who also serves as Malverne's deputy mayor.

    Callahan said Brady, a volunteer firefighter for six years, was preparing for a drill by loading supplies on top of the rescue truck parked in the firehouse.

    Robert Meyer, 58, jumped behind the wheel, unaware that Brady was on top, and began to drive the truck out of the firehouse, Callahan said.

    Brady was crushed when he was pinned between the top of the truck and a ceiling beam, Callahan said.

    The Nassau County homicide squad ruled the incident "a tragic accident," a police spokesman said.

    "He's very upset," a police spokesman said of the driver. "He's in counseling right now."

    Colleagues said Brady, who worked full time as an insurance broker, is survived by his wife, Lisa.

    "He was a great guy," Malverne firefighter Dave Gildea said. "He was a happy-go-lucky kind of guy.

    "Everybody here loved working with him."

    Firefighters from neighboring towns gathered at the grief-stricken firehouse last night to express condolences and help hang black bunting outside.

    "He really enjoyed both being a fireman and being a friend to all the guys," Gildea said.

    "It's like losing a member of your family."

    Originally published on July 31, 2006
     
  2. DepChief

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    My prayers and thoughts go out to his wife and all the members of his department that must deal with this tragic loss. God bless and watch over them.
     

  3. DepChief

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    And thanks Drew for posting that.
     
  4. Gallium

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