Family of fallen FDNY firefighter to receive financial assistance from organization

David Caplan
August 13, 2019 - 2:03 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 54-year-old FDNY firefighter died early Saturday morning night after battling a fire in a Bronx apartment building, the FDNY said Tuesday.

Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan of Squad Company 41 in the Bronx suffered a heart attack at his home in Monroe, N.Y.

On Wednesday, the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children Benefit Fund, also known as Answer the Call, announced it will provide Sullivan's family with financial assistance: $25,000 immediately and "then we aim to raise enough funds to be able to provide his widow with annual support for the rest of her life," the group said, adding on average it provides a widow or widower with over $300,000 in total support over the course of his or her lifetime. To donate, visit

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said on Tuesday, “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.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "This is a tragic loss for the Fire Department and for the City of New York. 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."

Sullivan died after responding to a kitchen fire in the Bronx during his 24-hour tour of duty which ended earlier in the day, the FDNY said. 

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 Sullivan "had complained of pain and discomfort to his fellow firefighters, but continued responding to calls," the FDNY said. 

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. on Saturday. 

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