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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2005

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND
FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA
ATTEND FUNERAL MASS FOR FIREFIGHTER RICHARD T. SCLAFANI

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and thousands of firefighters joined family members and friends of Firefighter Richard T. Sclafani at his funeral today. Firefighter Sclafani was fatally injured battling a two-alarm fire at 577 Jerome Street in East New York, Brooklyn on Sunday.

Thousands of Firefighters, Fire Officers and community members lined the streets outside Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island , New York , to pay a final tribute to their fallen brother.

Firefighter Sclafani and members of Ladder 103 were among the first firefighters to arrive on the scene of the fire, which was reported in the basement of a two-story private dwelling. They immediately began searching both for the location of the fire and any trapped occupants. During these search operations, Firefighter Sclafani became separated from his company. He was found minutes later unconscious and in respiratory arrest on the cellar staircase. He was transported to Brookdale Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sclafani, 37, was appointed to the Fire Department on October 23, 1994 and was currently assigned to Ladder 103 in East New York , Brooklyn . During his career he also worked in Squad Company 18 in Manhattan . Firefighter Sclafani, a resident of Bayside, Queens is survived by his mother, Joan and his sister, Joanne.

Firefighter Richard T. Sclafani is the 1,131st New York City Firefighter to make the Supreme Sacrifice in the Department's 140-year history.

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / David Billig (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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