A FDNY firefighter from Farmingville died Monday afternoon after going into cardiac arrest while fighting a blaze in a Brooklyn, officials said.
Rich Nappi, a lieutenant with Engine 237, was leading a team of firefighters who were operating a hose line on the first floor of a commercial building in Bushwick when he collapsed, officials said.
"While battling the blaze, Lieutenant Nappi overheated, suffered exhaustion and collapsed. He was rushed here to Woodhull [Hospital], but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, he tragically died," Bloomberg .
Nappi, 47, was also a volunteer with the Farmingville Fire Department.
Five other firefighters were injured in the fire, which started around 1 p.m. at the building on Flatbush Avenue.
John Dooley, a captain with the FDNY's Division 11—which includes Engine 237—remembered Nappi as a "tremendous fire fighter and fire officer."
"He was a great leader who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his men," Dooley told Patch of Nappi.
Nappi, who worked as a state parole officer and a case worker for the Suffolk County Department of Social Services before joining the FDNY, leaves behind wife Mary Anne, 12-year-old daughter Catherine and 11-year-old son Nicholas.
Nappi, who also served as a deputy chief instructor with the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank, graduated with bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Iona College.
"He joined the Fire Department back in October of 1994," Bloomberg said of Nappi. "His first full year on the job, 1995, was the year New York saw 173 fire deaths. But as I just said, for the last two years we've averaged about 65. A lot less than half.
"That's 108 New Yorkers a year alive and well thanks to men and women like Lieutenant Richard Nappi—108."