The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Lieutenant Russell Neary, 55, of Easton Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 on October 29, 2012.
Lieutenant Neary responded with his fire company to a structure fire alarm. While returning to the station, firefighters were removing part of a tree blown into the roadway by Hurricane Sandy when several other trees suddenly fell striking and killing Neary.
Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Russell Neary at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
To date, 65 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm
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