FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG AND FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA DEDICATE MEMORIAL PLAQUE IN HONOR OF FIREFIGHTER THOMAS BRICK
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today dedicated a memorial plaque in honor of Firefighter Thomas Brick at the quarters of Engine Company 95 / Ladder Company 36 in the Inwood section of Manhattan. Brick was a two-year veteran of the Fire Department assigned to Ladder Company 36 when he was killed in the line of duty fighting a four-alarm fire in a mattress warehouse on December 16, 2003. He was 30 years old. The Mayor and Commissioner were joined by members of the Brick family, FDNY officials, as well as firefighters assigned to Brick’s firehouse at the dedication ceremony.
“Thomas Brick was a man dedicated to his family and protecting his fellow New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “A proud member of New York’s Bravest, Tommy was among the first members to join the Department as it began rebuilding after being devastated by the terrorist attacks on September 11th. From his first day on the job when he helped to save six people from a fire in Washington Heights, to his last, he performed his duties heroically. The plaque we unveil today will forever honor Tommy’s bravery and commitment to the Department and our City.”
“Today we join family, friends and firefighters to pay tribute to the life of Firefighter Thomas Brick by placing this memorial plaque inside the quarters of Ladder Company 36,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “The memorial will forever serve as a reminder to all those that enter this firehouse of the dedication and enthusiasm that Tommy had for his job and his firehouse family.”
Brick was a resident of Flushing and is survived by his parents, Margaret and Thomas Brick, his sister, Megan, brother, Christopher and two young children Madeline and Aden. He was appointed to the Fire Department on October 28, 2001 and was among the first class of firefighters to join the FDNY after the terror attacks of 9-11. During his short career as a firefighter he was issued one unit citation for his company’s work in the successful rescue of six occupants from a fire in their 5-story apartment building. The rescues came in his first tour of duty in the firehouse after his graduation from the fire academy.
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Francis X. Gribbon (Fire Department)
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