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Press Releases / 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2006


Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today unveiled a plaque honoring the memory of fallen EMS Lieutenant Brendan Pearson of EMS Station 23 in Staten Island, who died on April 23, 2005, as a result of injuries sustained while in the line of duty. The plaque, dedicated in his honor, was unveiled at the quarters of EMS Station 23/Engine 168 where Pearson was assigned.

“Brendan exemplified the very best of what makes up the New York City Fire Department. He was a man who would do anything to help a person in need and he proved himself time and again through his dedication to others and compassion for his patients,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. “This plaque will serve as a tribute to Brendan and it will provide a lasting testimonial to his memory.”

Pearson was checking and restocking the equipment in his command vehicle at the start of his tour when he experienced pain in his mid-section.  Although the pain continued he finished stocking the vehicle and went about his normal duties.  Later in the tour, Brendan’s condition worsened and the pain became so unbearable that he checked himself in to the Emergency Room at Victory Memorial Hospital.  He was admitted and underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured hernia.  Pearson later died in the hospital due to surgical complications, he had sustained a pulmonary embolism. 

Brendan Pearson, 50, was a 24-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service. During his career he was assigned to EMS stations 31 and 35 in Brooklyn and station 23 in Staten Island.  He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Laura and their son Matthew.

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

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