Richard A. Nappi, Lieutenant

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Lieutenant Nappi and his engine company were dispatched to a fire in a large commercial occupancy. The fire was difficult to locate and sprinkler activation had controlled the fire but made smoke conditions more difficult. Lieutenant Nappi and his crew worked under difficult conditions for over an hour and a half inside of the structure attempting to locate the fire and stretching handlines once it was found. At 1432hrs, a command officer noticed that Lieutenant Nappi did not look well and the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) was directed to remove Lieutenant Nappi from the building for EMS evaluation. Although he told EMS responders that he felt well during the evaluation, Lieutenant Nappi suffered a seizure and a heart attack while under EMS care. On-scene testing revealed an elevated level of carbon monoxide level. Lieutenant Nappi was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at 1532hrs due to a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2012-16 (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/pdfs/face201216.pdf) Incident Location: 930 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick (USNG: 18T WL 9004 0617).

Department information

Fire Department City of New York
9 Metro Tech Center
USNG: 18T WL 8566 0565
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Chief: Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano

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Richard A. Nappi 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.
Age: 47
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 16, 2012 15:00
Date of death: April 16, 2012
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office