LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y.—It was a sad farewell for the friends, family and fellow firefighters of Lt. Richard Nappi who, died in the line of duty earlier this week.
The funeral took place this morning at The Church Of St. Elizabeth R.C. Church in Lake Ronkonkoma, which was packed with hundreds of mourners. Thousands more gathered outside to say a final goodbye.
Nappi, 47, of Farmingville, suffered a cardiac arrest while battling a three-alarm, warehouse fire Monday in Brooklyn. The 17-year veteran if FDNY was part of the hundreds of firefighters who rushed to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, in Lower Manhattan, where 343 of his brothers perished.
No surprise, Nappi was among those, who toiled at Ground Zero looking for the remains of fellow firefighters. Subsequently he developed breathing problems, which, according to a cousin, forced him off the job for a time.
Nappi was assigned to Engine Company 237 in Brooklyn; the lieutenant also worked for 22 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Farmingville Fire Department.
He's survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and their children, Catherine, 12, and Nicholas, 11.
The FDNY Foundation has established a scholarship fund for his kids. If you'd like to contribute, please send donations to:
FDNY Foundation Lieutenant Richard A. Nappi Children's Education Fund 9 Metrotech Center Brooklyn, NY 11201