MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND FIRE COMMISSIONER
SALVATORE J. CASSANO DEDICATE MEMORIAL PLAQUE
IN HONOR OF LIEUTENANT RICHARD NAPPI
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano joined family members, colleagues and friends of Lieutenant Richard Nappi to honor his memory at a plaque dedication ceremony today at the quarters of Engine Company 237 in Brooklyn.
"Following September 11th, Lieutenant Richard Nappi and other FDNY veterans like him had to shoulder the incredible tasks of rebuilding the Fire Department," said Mayor Bloomberg. "He helped pick up this department in the hours of its greatest need and today we recall his passing with the unveiling of a plaque that will honor his courage and generous spirit for years to come."
“Lt. Richard Nappi was veteran member of the Department who spent his career teaching this job to his fellow Firefighters; making certain they were always safe and prepared,” said Commissioner Cassano. “His death is a tragic reminder that Firefighting is a dangerous profession and that every FDNY member puts his or her life on the line to protect life and property in New York City.”
On Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1 p.m., Engine Company 237 responded to a fire in a two-story commercial building at 930 Flushing Avenue. Arriving with several additional companies, Lieutenant Nappi led a team of firefighters who stretched and operated a hoseline in a mezzanine area of the first floor. While battling the fire, Lt. Nappi became overheated and collapsed. He was removed by Firefighters, and rushed by ambulance to Woodhull Hospital where he later died.
Lt Nappi was appointed to the FDNY on October 23, 1994, and was assigned to Engine 7 in lower Manhattan. Although he was off-duty on September 11, 2001, he responded from home that morning to the World Trade Center – which was several blocks from his firehouse. In 2003, he transferred to Engine Company 302 in Queens, and – after his promotion to Lieutenant on November 10, 2007, he was assigned to Engine 237 in Brooklyn.
Lt. Nappi spent 17 years with the FDNY and is the 1,142nd firefighter to die in the line of duty since the FDNY’s founding in 1865. In addition to his work as a member of FDNY, Lt. Nappi also served as a volunteer firefighter and Deputy Chief Instructor with the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank. Prior to joining the FDNY, Lieutenant Nappi was a Parole Officer for the New York State Division of Parole, and also worked for several years as a case worker for Suffolk’s Department of Social Services. Lieutenant Nappi is survived by his wife, Mary Anne, and their children Catherine and Nicholas.
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