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Robert Peter Neary


Lieutenant Neary and his ladder company were assigned to work at a multiple alarm fire in a 5-story building. Once on-scene, ladder pipe operations were set up and Lieutenant Neary and other firefighters were assigned to check for fire extension in an exposure building. A catastrophic collapse of the fire building occurred and the exposure building was struck by falling debris. Lieutenant Neary, Firefighter Sweeney and two other firefighters were trapped in the collapse. Other firefighters rescued the trapped firefighters from the building. Lieutenant Neary and Firefighter Sweeney were killed in the collapse. The cause of death for both firefighters was mechanical asphyxia. Incident Location: York Street and York Street (USNG: 18S VK 887 262).
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Robert Peter Neary was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Philadelphia Fire Department
Fire Admin Bldg, 240 Spring Garden St.
USNG: 18S VK 8778 2339
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123-2991

Chief: Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers

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Age: 59
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 9, 2012 03:15
Date of death: April 9, 2012
Cause of fatal injury: Collapse
Nature of fatal injury: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: December 20, 2013