August 16, 2019
On Friday, August 16, 2019, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, FDNY members, family and friends attended the funeral service for FDNY Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan at Sacred Heart Church, Monroe, NY.
“Brian carried tremendous responsibility on his broad shoulders, leading from the front, always setting an example for others to follow, and always with a smile on his face,” said Commissioner Nigro. “On each call, Brian was in the officer’s seat leading the members toward danger and toward those who needed help. We will honor him, we will remember all the good he did, and our Department will always hold the Sullivan family in our hearts.”
Lieutenant Sullivan was appointed as a Firefighter in October of 1992 and assigned to Ladder Company 112 in Brooklyn. In April, 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Battalion 07 in Queens. He was assigned to the elite Special Operations Command’s Squad 252 in 2008, before transferring to Squad 41 in the Bronx in 2014.
“All of New York City mourns today. We’ve lost a hero; he represented the best of us. For 27 years, Brian gave his heart and soul to the people of our city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “That is the measure of this good man. Our hearts are with his family today.”
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.
Lieutenant Sullivan of Monroe, New York, is survived by his wife, Irene, and two daughters Nicole and Samantha.
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