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FDNY lieutenant dies of heart attack hours after fighting Bronx kitchen blaze


Lt. Brian Sullivan (FDNY)

A Bronx FDNY lieutenant died of a heart attack hours after battling a kitchen fire, officials said Tuesday.

Lt. Brian Sullivan, 54, led members of Squad Company 41 to more than a half dozen medical emergencies and a kitchen fire in Mott Haven during his 24-hour shift that ended Friday, authorities said.

He was stricken by a heart attack at his Monroe County home that night, officials said. He died at Orange County Regional Medical Center at 12:10 a.m. Saturday.

Sullivan’s death is considered a line of duty death since he complained about being in pain and discomfort to his colleagues throughout his final shift — but kept on responding to calls, including the fire on E. 138th St. near Rider Ave.

The 27-year FDNY veteran is survived by his wife Irene and two daughters, Nicole and Samantha.

“This is a tragic loss for the Fire Department and for the city of New York,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. “Brian Sullivan was a dedicated firefighter who put himself in harms way for 27 years to protect the lives of others.”

Funeral services will begin Wednesday with a wake at Smith Seaman & Quackenbush funeral home in Monroe, NY. A funeral mass will be held Friday.

The last city firefighter to die was in April when Christopher Slutman of Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx died while deployed in Afghanistan. The U.S. Marine reservist was killed on April 8 during a roadside bombing near the Bagram Air Base, north of the Afghan capital.