FDNY Lieutenant Suffers Fatal Heart Attack After 24-Hour Shift

NEW YORK – It is with deep regret that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announce the death of Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan, 54, of Squad Company 41 in the Bronx. 

Lieutenant Sullivan, a 27-year veteran of the Department, suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Monroe, NY, Friday evening, after responding to a kitchen fire in a Bronx apartment during his 24-hour tour of duty which ended earlier that day. 

“This is a tragic loss for the Fire Department and for the City of New York,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Brian Sullivan was a dedicated Firefighter who put himself in harm’s way for 27 years to protect the lives of others. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Irene, and two daughters Nicole and Samantha.” 

FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said, “Lieutenant Sullivan was a veteran fire officer and a dedicated member of our elite Special Operations Command who bravely served the Department for nearly three decades. The city and the entire Department mourn the loss of this brave individual who spent his career protecting life and property and rescuing others from harm.” 

Lieutenant Sullivan led the members of Squad Company 41 for the 24-hour period of his final tour, and responded to seven emergencies which included several medical calls, and a report of a fire at 255 East 138th Street at 6:01 p.m., Thursday, August 8th – the third he had responded to in the last three days. 

Throughout his tour Lieutenant Sullivan had complained of pain and discomfort to his fellow Firefighters, but continued responding to calls. 

At the conclusion of his tour, he returned home. Later that evening he was rushed to Orange County Regional Medical Center in cardiac arrest, where he died at 12:10 a.m., Saturday, August 10th. 

Sullivan is the 1,153rd member of the FDNY to die as a result of injuries sustained in the line-of-duty. 

He leaves behind his wife Irene, and two daughter Nicole, 22, and Samantha, 17.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday, August 14th
6pm – 8pm
Smith Seaman & Quackenbush Inc.
117 Maple Ave East
Monroe, NY 10950

Thursday, August 15th
1 pm – 3 pm & 6pm – 8pm
Smith Seaman & Quackenbush Inc.
117 Maple Ave East
Monroe, NY 10950

Friday, August 16th
11:00 am
Sacred Heart Church
26 Still Road
Monroe, NY 10950


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