On Saturday at 11 a.m., elected officials and area residents will gather at the Farmingville Fire Department for the permanent dedication of the overpass on Patchogue-Mount Sinai Road to fallen FDNY Lt. Richard Nappi.
After the dedication, the overpass will be named the "Richard Nappi Memorial Bridge," in honor of Nappi, who died of a heart attack last April while leading his men into a burning warehouse in Brooklyn. Nappi's widow, Mary Anne Nappi, will be on hand for the dedication, along with Assemb. Dean Murray, State Sen. Lee Zeldin, local volunteers and members of the FDNY.
In addition to his professional calling, Nappi was a long-time volunteer with the Farmingville Fire Department and an instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank. He battled the uncontrollable flames of the 1995 Long Island wildfires, and was on the scene at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Both Zeldin and Murray sponsored the legislation in Albany, according to a release. The measure passed in both the Assembly and the Senate, and was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo back in June.
The dedication will take place on Saturday at the main fire house on Horseblock Road in Farmingville.