A 17-year FDNY vet died this afternoon in the line of duty in Bushwick.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said that Lieutenant Richard Nappi died while fighting a warehouse blaze in Brooklyn.

The fire broke out at around 1:00 p.m. at a commercial building on Flushing Avenue. Multiple units responded to the scene and the fire was brought under control shortly before 4:00 p.m. One of the responding units was Engine Company 237, which was led by Lieutenant Richard Nappi.

“While battling the blaze, Lieutenant Nappi overheated, suffered exhaustion and collapsed. He was rushed here to Woodhull, but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, he tragically died," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg this evening.


Nappi, who lived in Farmingdale, N.Y., left behind a wife and two children. He also responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11, as he was assigned to Engine 7 on Duane Street in Lower Manhattan at that time.

"Lieutenant Nappi represented the very best of public service, truly one of New York's Bravest, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and depended on him," Markowitz said.

Several other firefighters were injured in the afternoon blaze.

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