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Press Releases / 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2003

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF FIREFIGHTER THOMAS CHRISTOPHER BRICK

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today announced the death of Firefighter Thomas Christopher Brick, age 30, of Ladder Company 36 in Manhattan. Firefighter Brick, a two-year veteran of the Department succumbed to injuries sustained while operating at the scene of a four-alarm blaze in a furniture and mattress warehouse located at 3859 10th Avenue in the Inwood section of Manhattan. He was taken by ambulance to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Firefighter Brick was appointed to the Fire Department on October 28, 2001 and was assigned to Ladder 36 in Manhattan. This past year, Brick and other members of Ladder 36 received the Thomas R. Elsasser Memorial Medal for rescuing two occupants in a five-story multiple dwelling on 187th Street in Manhattan.

Firefighter Brick, a resident of Flushing, Queens, is survived by his mother, Margaret Brick, father, Thomas Brick, sister Megan Assimacopoulos, brother, Christopher Brick and his two children, ages 4 and 3. He is the 1,127th New York City Firefighter to make the Supreme Sacrifice in the Department's 142-year history.

Funeral arrangements for Firefighter Brick are pending.

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Michael Loughran (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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