FARMINGVILLE - An FDNY firefighter from Farmingville died after he suffered an apparent heart attack while fighting a fire at a Brooklyn warehouse yesterday.
Authorities say Lt. Richard Nappi was responding to a three-alarm fire yesterday afternoon when he overheated and collapsed while battling the blaze. The 47-year-old man was rushed to the hospital, but died on the way there.
Nappi was a 17-year veteran of the FDNY. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for his community in Farmingville and worked as an instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy.
Chief Richard Stockinger, of the Suffolk County Fire Academy, describes Nappi as a man with a calling who loved life and was born to be a firefighter.
"Not all of us can be first responders," Stockinger says. "It's a certain type of person, and I think Rich exemplifies that."
Nappi was also a first responder after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Nappi told News 12 Long Island in an interview 10 years ago that day and night, whether he was scheduled to work or not, he spent all of his time at Ground Zero in the wake of the attacks to try and find people.
Nappi is the first firefighter to die in the line of duty in three years. He leaves behind a wife and two children.