FDNY Mourns Lieutenant Who Died Of Heart Attack After 24-Hour Tour Of Duty

August 13, 2019 - 5:12 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The FDNY is mourning the death of a 27-year veteran of the department who died of a heart attack after returning home from a 24-hour tour of duty.

Lt. Brian J. Sullivan, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, told fellow firefighters he was experiencing chest pains during his shift Thursday and Friday, but continued to respond to emergencies.

Over the course of 24 hours, 54-year-old Sullivan responded to seven different emergencies, several medical calls and a kitchen fire. The blaze was the third one he'd responded to in three days.

He fell ill Friday evening at his home in Monroe and was taken to Orange County Regional Medical Center, where he died early Saturday morning.

Thomas McHugh, his captain at Engine 41 in the Bronx, says the 27-year veteran will be sorely missed.

“He was the heart of the fire house. He always had a good word to say, he was always willing to teach, he was always laughing,” McHugh said.

“Brian was a strong guy. He pushed through. He wasn't someone who sit back and let somebody else do his job,” he added.

Mayor de Blasio called Sullivan’s death a “tragic loss for the Fire Department and for the City of New York.”

He is survived by his wife, Irene, and two daughters, 22-year-old Nicole and 17-year-old Samantha.

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