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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2005

MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND
FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA
ATTEND FUNERAL MASS FOR FIRE LIEUTENANT CURTIS W. MEYRAN

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and thousands of firefighters joined family members and friends of Fire Lieutenant Curtis W. Meyran at his funeral today. Lieutenant Meyran was fatally injured battling a three-alarm fire in a four-story apartment building at 236 East 178th Street in the Bronx last Sunday.

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

Lieutenant Meyran was 46 years old and a 15-year veteran of FDNY. He and five other firefighters from Ladder 27 and Rescue 3, were searching the fourth floor of the fire building for occupants who where believed to be trapped above the fire. The fire and extreme heat rapidly intensified trapping the firefighters and subsequently forcing them to jump from the fourth floor window to the ground below. As a result, all of them suffered critical, life-threatening injuries. Lieutenant Meyran was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where a short time later, he succumbed to his injuries.

Lieutenant Meyran was a graduate of Valley Stream North High School and a talented, successful carpenter. He was appointed to the Fire Department on November 12, 1989 and was currently assigned to Battalion 26 in the Bronx. During his career he was twice cited for bravery in 1991 while working at Ladder 161 and in 1997 while assigned to Ladder 123. Both units are in Brooklyn.

A resident of Malverne, L.I., Lieutenant Meyran is survived by his wife, Jeanette, and their three children: Dennis, 16, Angela, 10 and Danine, 6. He is the 1,129 th member of the New York City Fire Department to die in the line of duty in the Department’s 140-year history.

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

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