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FDNY Firefighter From Farmingville Dies Fighting Brooklyn Blaze

FDNY Lt. Rich Nappi, 47, dies while battling a fire Monday, officials say.

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."

The Tripptree Family April 17, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Our Deepest Sympathies to your Family and your Brother Firefighters, God Bless
Guy Richards April 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Rich and I went to school together, and I must say he was always a good man, and a dedicated and loyal individual. May the good Lord keep you for eternal peace..you will be missed and loved always and remembered for all you have done...as well as your Heroic moments as a Firefighter. Our deepest condolences, and Our prayers are with your family and friends, God Bless a true Hero! Guy Richards, Sal Richards & RoseAnn Richards
Nancy K. Nee April 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
God Bless Lt. Nappi...and his famiy. You will need and receive lots of prayers and support, from this time forward.
Joan Sondermann April 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Our deepest sympathies to the family of Lt. Nappi. Our prayers are with you. The Sondermann Family
Chrissy April 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
My sincerest sympathies to the Nappi Family; I understand what they are feeling, I lost my firefighter dad in 1973. It never goes away.

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